is all that's necessary at times. And sometimes one voice is unnecessary amongst the throng of other voices. While some voices are meant to dialogue, converse, debate and discuss...others are bound and determined to contend. For the latter, I tend to avert and sit on the sidelines. Every now and then, I've stepped into the waters of controversy and (as I've stated many times), found the water above my head. Such is my lot today.
I happened upon a post today that sparked an urge in me to stand against the current of opposition. One portion stated:
"As the song says, “it only takes a spark to get a fire going.” It only takes one man (or woman) to take a stand against authoritarianism to make a difference. When the right person begins to speak up and to put feet to their words, it’s amazing how quickly the floodgates open." Howell Scott
Lately, some folk shared concerns and questions regarding my thoughts on various posts. Some have been "seeing things" change in me. They are curious as to what is going on in my mind and my world. Alas, there are some questions that cannot be answered...some arguments that cannot be countered. No matter how close we've become to one another, some things must be left unsaid. Or left to other voices to share. I find I no longer have a desire to tread turbulent waters where floodgates seek release.
One voice crying amongst the throng is but a whisper in the wind when accusations fly and preconceived notions determine the volume of the voice. Judgment has been rendered. Case closed. For me, anyway.
Suffice it to say, I am still me. I am still standing where I've always stood. I have not changed. My eyes are opened a bit wider since 2006. Some folks I've met along the way have been invaluable in helping me see and understand the changing times. Others folks I've met do not know me. They may think they do, but they do not. They never have. And, there is nothing wrong with that, nor is there anything offensive in that. It is life. It is the way life is. C' est la vie.
It's definitely not worth losing sleep over, or even typing another word of dissent. Nope. Not worth it. It doesn't affect me personally, anyway. I am secure. Sealed. Bought and paid for. Sanctified and justified. Holy and acceptable in Christ, my Lord. I do not need man's approval, nor do I seek it.
Opinions are funny things. Ones we agree with are acceptable. Ones we do not, are unacceptable. Yet even that is debatable to some. Viewpoints are ostracizing or accommodating. Attitudes are kind or unkind. Intention and motives are only pure in the eyes of the beholder, I suppose. Nevertheless...silence is what one wants, then silence is what one gets. I am an accommodating kinda gal. Squeeze me long and hard enough and I will fold like a deck of cards. Not because I have no voice to cry out...nay, but because I have no desire to play the games some folks play and bend to every wind of doctrine. I'll find another stream in which to dangle my line. There are far more fish in the sea than in the streams around stocked moats, anyway. If anyone asks, just tell them I've "gone fishing" in saltier waters, okay? saint selahV