I had the privelege and honour to rebuild some bridges in the previous year. It is a hard process to resolve the conflict, but there is a fundamental common denominator which is ultimately rooted in all human beings: to be accepted for who we are, to share relationships and to love. It might sound cliche and people might hide behind tough, seemingly impenetrable walls, but I think that in the end we all yearn for that fellowship. It is difficult to take that step of meekness, to surrender, to confess your wrongdoings, to apologize sincerely, to listen to the one you hurt and to share your own hurts. It took much too long, but I am glad I have done it. We live only once; let us live in love.
“Time only fester hurts.” – The Purpose Driven Life
A fire can rage all it wants
Against a sturdy rock –
It will end in a stalemate.
The passionate stubborn fire
And stolid obstinate rock.
Time does not heal pain and
Resentment only festers,
But in time we become wiser
Until origin is found unfounded
And the hatchet becomes irrelevant
We are made to love and share
To build bridges of granite, steel.
The burnt ashes can be swept
Together: a sad lesson engraved
And tossed to winds like the hatchet
Years have added maturity,
Rid me of foolish notions
Calmed a raging unguided heart
Years have made me colder
Unveiling pure and just agendas
To reconcile is what my heart yearned for,
To lay bare my innate and human faults
To show my heart has been tempered
That my path is no longer naïve
This fire will rage no more
Francois Hermanus Steyn – January 2013