Monday, February 11, 2013

Rethinking a Blog

Lake of Bays, Ontario
Lake of Bays, Ontario (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I've had something on my mind for several days now.

I've been uneasy.

And it has to do with the stand I took on the image of the

woman who lost her breast to cancer.


The first clue that I had a problem came when I made

a typo at my blog site.

I was shocked and unsettled, you could even say rattled

when I reread my response to a comment. 

I'd written that I agreed with the person when I had actually

intended to say that I disagreed.

It was a classic Freudian slip, although I refused to see it that

way at the time. (I hate to be wrong about anything.)

I hurriedly deleted my response.


Second, I received a letter from a dear blogger friend

explaining how the image had given her courage to do something

that was actually of great benefit to many disfigured children.


Although my internal response to her letter was alarm

I replied with a sort of "well isn't that nice" comment.


The light still hadn't come on.


Then last night I dreamed I was standing on a wooden dock on

Lake Ontario not far from where I live in my awake life.

I knew that my 'dream' house should have been at the end

of the dock but I could see that it wasn't.

Instead, the dock sloped gently into the dark water and disappeared.


When I woke I realized that there was a message in my

subconscious mailbox, (water being the dream symbol

for the unconscious), and if I wanted to retrieve it and
end my unease
I was going to have to walk down the dock

get into the water and start working with symbols.


Next blog: Looking at the image symbolically

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Katharine said...

Looking forward to your thoughts as you sift through the symbols!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

You're taking us on an exciting journey, Francie! Looking forward to your thoughts as always.

Doug Jamieson said...

The subconscious mind works away at these things, doesn't it? Clarity will emerge.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Oooh...sounds exciting! I love these types of journeys. Ready...

momto8 said...

wow! definite messages somewhere.

Jane said...

I love trying to figure out my dreams. I've had some very eerily symbolic ones - it's amazing how this happens.

Fundy Blue said...

It will be fascinating to see where you take this, Francie!
Your dream was compelling. And I loved your photo of the lake in the subdued light. Being able to rethink something is an important quality to have.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Nothing in this world is as powerful as a symbol that helps us see things in a different way. Someone's outrage can be another person's shield.

I used to volunteer at a center for burn children. I had the coolest job ever: every day, I would tease my hair as HUGE as it would get, wear the most ridiculous clothes, pain my face, and do other things that called on people's attention. Then I would walk around the city with two children (9-16) who had been touched by fired. Whenever someone stared at us, I would tell them, "It is okay to ask. I know my hair looks unusual."

After a few walks, the children would start doing the same, saying, "It is okay to ask. I know my face looks different." Some people walk away, but more asked. And the children talked to them. They looked into the eyes of strangers and saw their faces change from unease, to compassion, to admiration... sometimes there was pity, too, but the children and I were quick to tell them, "Don't feel sorry for me. I don't feel sorry for myself."

There is not biggest reward that the day you first see a child look at a person in the face, and say, "I'm okay with being different, and so should you."

I'm very excited about these upcoming posts. Seriously, I'm a symbol junkie, and love to read how they affect other people. Oops! Sorry for comment-jacking ;-)