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Walls and bridges…

This week’s prompt for In Other Words:

“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
Isaac Newton

I am pretty good at building walls.


I have had a lot of practice over the years.
I have built walls to keep people out
and I have built walls to keep them in.

It takes a lot of energy to build walls that do their job.
And then there is the maintaining of them.
There are always the cracks that happen and
the occasional earthquake that knocks them down,
The walls that are affected by earthquakes and cracks
are usually the ones that are there to keep people in.

The walls that keep people out are more likely to come down
because people with loving hearts and lots of patience
keep chipping away at the walls until they have a way in.
I am ever so grateful for those persistent people that just don’t give up.
Oh, they can be irritating and drive me crazy, but they are smarter than me.

The people who have taken the time to get inside my walls
have shown me that hiding behind is not what walls are for.
These people have taught me that walls have their place,
but it is wise to build bridges.


I would like to say the bridges I build are wide open, but I am not quite there yet.
My bridges tend to be drawbridges that I can open and close.
There are just those times when I need to be alone behind my walls.

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16 thoughts on “Walls and bridges…

  1. Im struggling with walls at the moment…. just cannot seem to get through them. I am still an outsider here in the US , inspite of being here for 9 years. Its so very hard to make friends and try as I might, (well i am extremely introverted so that doesnt help much !) People take one look at me and write me off, or so it seems. Super nice people though… but just really thick walls.

    1. I have lived here all my life and sometimes feel like an outsider. I think many people are just wrapped up in themselves and really don’t see others so I doubt they are writing you off.

  2. This is a great word Patricia. We all need people in our lives with great discernment. These are people who can tell when we need a wall broken down for our own good but who can actually help us build walls that protect us from those who would harm us. Folks like that are few and far between.

  3. I really like this quote and your post for it. I apolgize for not posting.

    I am having computer issues, and looking into a new computer. I will be away next week (Mayo), but hope to have this all resolved soon. I will be back!

    1. No apology needed. Post when and what you want. Computers as interesting as they are can be a bother when they act up. Looking forward to hearing from you when you get back.

    1. My drawbridge is most often down and the welcome mat out, but there are those days when I need to be by myself. As an introvert, alone time is important.

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