The Power of Words Part Two
“My big sister’s been in touch,” I said to Oh!
“What did she want?” was his ever practical response. I did not have an answer until today.
One of the reasons I love writing is because I have always been deeply fascinated by words. I love to delve into their meaning and how they impact us in our thoughts, feelings and perceptions. Wise people know that there is no reality just perception, which is a theme in my book.
My perception was that seventy percent of my childhood ranged from wonderful to pretty good and the other thirty percent ranged somewhere between not very good to absolute hell. I’m sure if you ask any of my six sisters, they would have different percentages and different perceptions; they would also be able to describe things I have said and done which powerfully hurt them. I am writing about times in my life when I hurt badly and I am trying to do it in the following way.
“You can complain because roses have thorns or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.”
I truly want to walk the walk on this not talk the talk. So the writing challenge is to be authentic and honest while truly counting the good that came from these experiences. The good for me meaning God. Jung said “I don’t believe, I know.” I know God turns all things for His good, that He has a perfect plan for me and that He wants to bless the socks off me when I am in the right place to receive.
For those of you turned off by the mention of God, that’s okay, you may not want to continue to walk with me because I can no more take Him out of the true, authentic me then I could extract my DNA. I love Julia Cameron’s definition God=Good Orderly Direction. I know He is so much more but sometimes it is good to explore relationships one step at a time.
One word which is at the heart of God and central to His relationship with us was gifted to me today and left me in no doubt which path into the yellow wood is the right one for me to take.
It came from my one and only big sister who had the courage to answer the question I posed yesterday; to reach out and invite me into that word which is at the core of God’s love for us.
She asked me a question, “Which path will truly bring reconciliation?”.
To test if I have a warped perception of this powerful word, I looked up the meaning in a dictionary; settlement, understanding, resolution, compromise, reunion, ceasefire, appeasement, bringing together.
Then I cross referenced with my favourite book, the all time best seller. Reconciliation comes from a Greek word katallasso which means to change from enmity to friendship, to reconcile.
Then I wept.
Then indescribable peace settled in my soul.
So do I want to receive this precious gift from her and from Him? Yes, please!