Healing occurs within me as others fights battles that are close to my heart. This is especially true when the fight is personal.
In a discussion with a friend around a shared gap in our lives I could sense the passion and energy for the fight shifting from one to another. Until our conversation I saw myself at the point. There were others in the battle, but I felt like I was the spokesman for the cause. Initially I was ok with the risk, however as time passed, I found myself increasingly fighting inner feelings of fatigue and doubt. Why was I the only one on the point? Was it because the cause was not worth fighting for?
The recent conversation changed everything. It feels like it is our cause, not just mine! While I am still on the front lines, I am not on the point. As a result, I can feel my energy and passion for the subject returning. It is a wonderful reminder of how powerful community can be.
The awareness does raise a question. How far am I willing to let go? Am I willing to ask for help? Does my willingness extend as far as letting another take the point, be the lead in the battle at hand?
I know others have taken the leap. I think of David’s prayer, blunt and to the point. “Harass these hecklers, God, punch these bullies in the nose.” (Psalm 35.1) I think of a friend performing a puja in a Hindu temple nearby. In both cases, they released the fight to someone else, freeing themselves up to focus on their calling.
There are tough battles on the horizon. I can see opportunities to let go, be supportive while placing the heart of my energies on the priorities Life is calling me to. There are many different ways to push back. There are different options within my reach. I can embrace the possibility of more with others, not less. In letting go of the point, push back happens while I move forward with Hope.