This week’s prompt for In Other Words:
“We build too many walls and not enough bridges.”
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.