Thursday, June 26, 2014

Stone Upon Stone

The thing about walls is that they never just appear. They are built. Brick by brick, row by row. Someone puts them there for a reason. All walls serve a purpose; either it's to keep things in or keep things out.

If you spent two weeks building a wall with your bare hands, lifting each heavy brick, the sun beating down on you, perspiration dripping down your back, would you come back the next day and take it all down?

Doubtful. Literal blood, sweat and tears went into it. You spent time, energy, strength and resolution to make sure nothing could get past it. So why would you break it down? You're safe, guarded and a little bit proud of the solid bricks you've placed together so perfectly. It's comforting and strong and now you can't imagine what life was like before it. 

But this wall you built, it has no gate. It's high and it's impenetrable. Just like you wanted. Just like you needed it to be.

One day you look past your wall and on the other side is the most beautiful flower you've ever seen. Soft, colorful, full of life and like nothing you've ever seen before. You run outside, ready to bring that flower into your home and care for it and watch it grow. You hit the wall and are momentarily stunned. You almost forgot about the wall. You took the time to look past it and for a moment it didn't exist. Until you ran into it head on. And then you remembered why it was there. For every beautiful, rare and unique flower, there are 100 weeds ready to entangle you and make the world ugly. 

You go back inside and watch the flower from afar, until one day, you decide that you need the flower more than you need the wall. Your fear of the weeds is not as great as your fear of never experiencing the joy of having that flower.

So you start the slow process of taking down your wall. Brick by brick, row by row.


  1. i think i know what you're getting at and the only thing i can suggest is go for it. life is too short to not experience things - good or bad - because each experience brings a lesson; makes you stronger; makes you really know the person you are. this quote by paulo coelho: you have to take risks. we will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. TRUTH.

    if this is just a short story you wrote, it's beautiful and i'm a dummy LOL

    Vodka and Soda

    1. What Kathy said, 100%.

      Also this is beautifully written.

  2. This is absolutely beautiful! I can definitely relate, as can many others, I'm sure. I think we all go through a part of life where it's easier to sit in our fort of walls than it is to risk and grow and learn. Taking those walls down brick by brick gives you time to think and reflect instead of barreling through the walls and finding yourself in an uncomfortable place.

    I'm with Kathy - hoping I didn't read too far into that. haha. :)

  3. All so true Melissa!! Love it!! xo


  4. I am guessing this flower isn't code for Reggie ;)

  5. I cant tell you how much I needed to read this. My boyfriend has a large wall and I get so frustrated because its like he wont let me in. This allowed me to kind of see it from his perspective. Thank you!

  6. Ah yes, that wall. I have had my wall built up and taken down a few times over the span of the last 10 years. The thing is, it is always worth taking the chance of tearing it down because there is something great out there and we have to take a chance to make it work. Such a beautiful way of putting it!

  7. I'll help you brick by brick, row by row <3