Musings From A Musical Mind

Once Upon A Time..


Bollman Bridge

Bollman Bridge (Photo credit: Kordite)

Once upon a time



in a land fair



people who were thought they were right,



lived there



Problems were few



life was good



there was a common purpose, respect, understanding



and things were as they should.



In this land there was a drawbridge



connecting this land to the other side



where those lived, outside the protective walls



did not understand those living in the land beyond the bridge



no matter how hard they tried



Those outside the land



were seen as critical and loud



judgmental, self-righteous



cynical and proud



They refused reconciliation



with those in the land



They held off, retreating in silence



stubbornly hanging on to their opinions



casting a critical eye on things they would never understand



Those in the land called to the others on the other side



“come over – we will let down the bridge so we can play”



But when those attempted to cross – they were met with a guard



a toll booth



and a high price to pay



The high price was admitting failure



humbling of one’s self



and revisiting old wounds



things that they would rather



leave in the dark



in a corner of their heart – high on a shelf



With the price set so high



it was not worth the journey across



so those outside of the land would never come



and it was seen by those in the land



as their “great loss”



Whose loss was it?



In a land where “rightness” and “one opinion”  seemed to overflow



where was the love?



Why was there a guard at the bridge



and a price of ‘one’s self’ at the toll?



Did those in the land really want to reconcile?



Did those outside really want to come over?



Even if doing so meant admitting possible error on their side?



Was there a place where all could live together?



Was there really a place between?



With love, trust, common understanding and mutual respect?



A place where all needs are met – all opinions validated and seen?






Once upon a time



is a real place



it’s the very heart of you and me



the differences which keep us apart

are not so different from

those that could bring us together to really see.

We place a price on those who might be ready

to take a journey across our personal drawbridge

We say “I forgive” – but our actions say

something else

they say – “change first – admit you’re wrong and then we’ll see”

Dear Lord – help our  “once upon a time” personal land

to be free of this high price

from those who have wronged us

help us to tear down that toll booth

fire the guards

live where the bridge is constantly down

and where people can quietly

walk across

with no expectations

no regrets

only a common purpose of true reconciliation

with no questions

and no agenda

just love.














Comments on: "Once Upon A Time.." (2)

  1. Oh wow, but I originally thought you were talking about coming to Jesus–until the end. Illustrates how we think we are right and justified in not allowing anyone over until they come around to our way of thinking. You had me! Love the story and it shares a good point on that subject.

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