Don’t Fence Me In – WPC
“Fear is the highest fence.”
Krista’s challenge for the week “security“, made me think of fences – those meant to keep things in and those hoping to keep things out.
“Security is a double-edged sword: While a fence sure protects the fenced; it also imprisons the protected.”
Fences – rustic or ornate, beautiful or unsightly, functional or ornamental. In my travels I’ve seen examples of every kind of fence – good, bad and indifferent, but somehow seemingly begging to be captured in a photograph.
“Don’t sit on the fence, break it and move out!”
Fences can be emotional as well as physical. Have you ever had to mentally tear down a fence that was keeping you from achieving an important goal? What about mental fences that seemed insurmountable until you pushed yourself over the top?
“Good fences make good neighbors.”
If we let them, fences will limit our ability to see the world; to experience other cultures; to explore seemingly outlandish ideas. Like coloring outside the lines, or thinking outside the box, tearing down fences seems a logical way to approach daily life. Yes, they can provide security but as Mr. Mokhonoana says, they also tend to imprison us with their protection.
“Fences are made for those who cannot fly.”
It seems to me that tearing down, climbing over or simply ignoring our personal fences can result in greater personal growth and increased self-confidence. What would happen if every time we thought “I can’t” we decided “oh, yes I can!” and over the fence we went?! Easier said than done, but worth the effort, no?
“When you have all that you need, build a larger table, not a higher fence.”
Security…. I find myself wondering these days if the world might not be a better place if we were to build a larger table, not a higher fence. Would that it were that simple.