Fences and Gates


I would like to believe that I am a gate person rather than a fence person, but I can see all the fences that I have created and it makes me sad.  I love my fences, but I hate them as well.  On one hand I like to think that I am accessible, and that there are no barriers that must be crossed in order to get to my heart.  On the other hand, I want people to know that there are certain things that I like to identify myself by.

I would like to think that I am an accepting person, and then I experience someone that has a different interest, a different perspective, or a different personality and I don’t seem to be able to appreciate it as much as judge it.  Why do I do this?  Is appreciation a harder task than judgment?

Judgment comes easier to me because it requires no interaction.  Judgment comes easier because it allows me to think myself superior to the other.  I tend to construct a world in which I am king because of the separation between me and my subjects.  I find that when I step into the kingdom of acceptance I am okay until I get hurt, and then I retreat to the other kingdom again.


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