Jabberwocky and unrelated thoughts…


’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.
“Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
      The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
      The frumious Bandersnatch!”
He took his vorpal sword in hand;
      Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree
      And stood awhile in thought.
And, as in uffish thought he stood,
      The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
      And burbled as it came!
One, two! One, two! And through and through
      The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
      He went galumphing back.
“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
      Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
      He chortled in his joy.
’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
      Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
      And the mome raths outgrabe.
…I used to use this brilliant poem to teach parts of speech. Each word has a specific role to play, even though it actually doesn’t mean anything on its own. The rhythm is perfect. It makes me want to learn it off by heart all over again. And this morning, it got me thinking of meanings in general.
We often use words to mean the opposite of what we say. We also use language to cover up our true feelings. Sometimes our exploitation of it is to forward a secret agenda. Truth does not necessarily shine through speech. The same goes for actions. Aggression can be a foil for weakness, believe it or not. The school bully, who has grown into an adversarial adult, is still just as difficult to deal with. It’s taken me a long long time to understand that a show of strength does not always equate to true grit. The shy child in the corner, the one you may have thought of as, “wishy-washy,” may in fact be the strongest person in the room.
So what am I  saying? Well, in our world of smoke and mirrors, it behoves us to dig a little deeper and come up with the truth…at least what is true for us. Face value can be deceiving. Labels other people push onto you may be so far from the truth that it is laughable. The yearning for approval can lead to us giving our power away to the highest bidder. And who has not fallen into this trap at some stage or another?
Now I am not suggesting that we become suspicious and unsociable. On the contrary. I’m saying we should go out into the world knowing who we are and what our worth is. Self love and approval is a tremendous booster and secure in this power, we can meet others on a more equal footing. No we are not all the same. And yes you may have skills and powers that I don’t have. But then the same goes for my special talents.
I suppose my current obsession with meaning is intricately tied up to a dance with the big C. And yes, I am a cancer warrior as so many of you are. But I am more than that. I am a lover of life, a girl with a goal, a dreamer who plans to turn 100 years old on this planet. I am also a seeker of truth and believer in love. And my future has begun. Join me as I open the door to this wonderful adventure.
There is room for all of us…if we leave our egos tied up at the entrance 🙂

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