Hey all, sorry for being late, again. Today (Friday but 2 days late) is poetry day.
I have a weekly reminder on my phone, but the past 2 days have been pretty rough.
There was some inexplicably disastrous friendship drama, and a few of my close friends had a falling out, me included. It really stung, because some fundamental differences in values were revealed. I realized that some people were what I wished they weren’t, and some were surprisingly who they were.
Personally, my belief is that a core value of wanting, and needing to improve after mistakes and pain is necessary to be happy whilst achieving what you desire and more. Attempting to pretend a problem doesn’t exist is not only unacceptable, but grounds for distancing a relationship. This is alright in your own life, even if I disagree with you, but when the problem affects others it must be addressed with honesty and cooperation.
For me, this is because small underlying differences if not discussed bubble up later in larger issues, and with time become explosive eruptions. Rather than pretending the ground isn’t surging beneath our feet, it’s simply better to acknowledge and agree to disagree, or acknowledge and agree to analyze, work together, and grow as people. Agreeing to disagree, however, does not mean that this same issue will be disagreed upon repeatedly in the future…it should be thought about privately, and only confronted when there is insightful discussion to be had.
When I realized that some of these friends simply wished to pretend that everything was alright and normal. Everything was not normal, so I made a choice. This choice was not to be cold and burn ties, but simply to refrain from extending a deeper friendship with these individuals. The choice to bury problems engenders the discussion of honesty…because if we cannot be honest about our values, there is no way we can have honesty on issues constructed upon these values.
Right now, I wish to share a poem on the events of the past few days, just about how I feel based on these experiences.
Running in Reverse
Just a crack in the dirt, they said
Nothing to worry, press onward
Let’s build on this foundation
Just a line in the sand, not in rock
The wind blows, and changes yes?
Protect the weak sprout yet not
Just once, a compromise of value
We all have differences, you know
They said we could laugh and play
But it’s not just a crack in the dirt
Nor simply a line in the sand
Not a singular loss of values
Can we be frank with each other
If we don’t perceive the divide
Constantly bury our principles
This is toxic––running in reverse
All of these views expressed are not intended to be laid down as fact, in a dogmatic manner, but simply as my world view for building deeper relationships.
Apologies again, for the late post and somber tone.
Thanks for reading,
Take care, and have a great day