Before the sun rises
Before the cock crows
Before the stars disappear
Before the light conquers darkness
I rise with vague memories of a dream.
In a room waiting, waiting for what…
My memory fails me…
Arrived the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
- Prince William and Kate Middleton.
A relaxed feeling blanketed me
As my mind accommodated two opposing ways of greeting them,
- a royal greeting, or
- the way “normal” people greet.
In the end, I gifted them with a cool elbow greeting.
After by elbow greeting,
A conversation arose about the necessity to bend protocols and traditions
To deepen relationships.
This dream inspired the blog entitled “Bending”.
Bending accommodates accommodation…
Children in the womb bend to fit
Butterflies bend in cocoons
Forest trees bend to reach the sun
Hospitality is bending to accommodate differences and diversity.
Bending moves movement…
Athletes bend joints and muscles to propel movement
Animals bend bodies for speedy running
Wings of birds bend to take flight
Groups bend fixed ideas to grow and develop.
Bending flexes flexibility…
Heads bend to show respect
Hands bend for worship
Knees bend to dance and prance
Adversaries bend hardened positions to reconcile.
Bending flows fluidity…
Water bends to flow down mountains
Oil bends to reach crevices of engine
Men’s semen bends to transport life
Fluidity of boundaries allows ideas to flow to and fro.
We bend to sit in chairs and lie on beds
We bend and curl to sleep
We bend hands to embrace
We bend our hardened ideologies to relax in communion.
Coconut trees in storms
Gymnasts on the parallel bar
Skyscrapers in an earthquake
. . . bend so far and no further.
Bending limits . . . limits prevent breaking.
Bending is a Divine gift planted in the HEART.
Yet, the HEAD figures out
How to we must BEND.