The egg is a casing, fine and fragile
Inside there is life
We see the outer membrane, white and hard
Easily cracked – temper exploding
And it reminds me
The exterior is not all there is.
A soul dwells deep within
No soft fluffy chick, given
But still, there lies within all of us, more than this thin veneer of changing myth that we show to the world
Hard and white
The egg is the ego veneer, beneath which lies more
I doubt they even know it
Tumbling off the bench explosion
Splat all over the floor
Now what did I do that for?
Try and find something deeper
Some eggs are empty, barren and deserted
Looking further just leaves the observer hurting
Reminded, that truly it is only ourselves that we can confidently explore
All else is merely assumption and illusion
*Don’t make the mistake of trying to reflect for someone else. Humans are incredibly complicated, we can only ever change our own behaviour and explore our own thinking.
10 thoughts on “Humpty Dumpty (why people can’t be put back together again by other people)”
A thought-provoking poetic reflection. Indeed, once we break through another person’s exterior shell, we may not like what we see within or able to deal with the “temper exploding.” On the other hand, when someone breaks through our own fragile selves, it’s up to us to put ourselves together again. The support of others does go a long way in making that possible <3
I love your thoughtful responses Rosaliene, the support of others is important, as is ours when someone is going through a crisis but in the end we cannot change for one another, just be there waiting at the other end.
Now this is a great idea. I love this and like you mentioned ….”explore our own thinking”.
Quite amazingly insightful.
Thanks for reading Cindy, I’m glad it touched a chord.
Yes, you are right. We can never get inside another person’s head. The only person’s behaviour we can change is our own. And isn’t it confronting when we first realise that.
It continually amazes me that when I shift my own behaviour and thinking, the other person seems to often change, or at least my perspective of them does and really that’s all we have to work within – perspective.
Kate, what a beautiful rendering of Proverbs 14:10: “Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.” Or as one of my friends told me, “Nobody knows what you’re going through except you.” (The reason I try never to say, “I know just how you feel.” – because I don’t.)
Thankyou for providing a proverb which so beautiful encapsulates this post. We are truly our own individual worlds and as much as we share, no one is really privy to our deepest layers, not even ourselves at times. Life is certainly interesting: