“Unlike plain string, a wick has a wire inside so that it burns straight.”
The guide went on to explain that in pioneer days the wire inside would have been made of lead. Obviously, that was banned when the lead poisoning became a known hazard.
The idea of hidden strength felt particularly appealing on a weak when my own has been tested. It made me think about the sorts of personality traits that create strength. Is it possible that, like lead, some of the things that help me get through rough situations might actually be toxic… or if not that extreme, then at least unhealthy?
As I’ve watched my daughter grow and encounter challenges I’ve learned what it means to think of myself as a holistic being. As such, not only the mind, but also the body and spirit are part of my coping mechanisms. If you think about it, our physical reactions to stress, sweating, loss of appetite (or an increased appetite), lack of sleep (or desire for sleep), are all physical responses to trying situations.
Likewise, an inability to focus and a sense of alarm (fight or flight) are ways our mind copes with stress. Finally, our spirit can shudder and retreat, or become defensive when faced with a difficult challenge.
Where within me do I find the core strength to resolve all of these different aspects of myself when all of my high alert instincts have been engaged?
As I look to my own core, I can see that the one word, Faith, has the strongest chance of breaking through the rest of my automatic responses. Starting with this as my core, I can find the strength to take my breaths and calm down my body. I can sleep more easily at night, and remind myself of all of the things I have to be grateful for. I can refocus my mind on what is important, and pay attention to that.
Faith that I will get through whatever, that the world is a good place, that there is so much more than my small world and its challenges, and that I am loved and cared about by many all help me to be a wick that stands straight, even in when tested by fire.
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