Sunday, January 30, 2011

It's my nature

January 30, 2011

Dear friends,

Cat and I are making reasonable progress. She has found my clients to be quite interesting, and frequently comes to lie on the floor or at the bottom of the stairs listening intently while we talk. She has not yet given me a formal evaluation as a counselor. However,it is encouraging that at the end of this first week she appears to entertain a generally positive opinion of my work.

I decided Friday that if she were going to supervise me on a regular basis she needed a more professional name. Next week I plan to introduce her as Fraulein Freud when she comes into my office to meet a client and watch over our work with her wise inscrutable eyes. You may be relieved to know that I have no present plans to put her on Charis's letterhead. It doesn't do to rush into these professional relationships prematurely.

I have been thinking about the lion and lamb and the peaceable kingdom that appeared in last week's blog.

Think about it: here is the lion--powerful, fiercely frightening, prowling about looking for prey; and here is the lamb--wooly, and none too bright if the truth were known, and acting like a planned carry-out breakfast for the lion. It is not difficult to think of several changes the lion would need to make in order for the predicted lying-down-together-with-the-lamb event to happen. But what about the lamb?

Do you think the peaceable kingdom requires change only in the lion, in the power and goals that shape the lion's behavior? What about the lamb?

I find it interesting that the text that pictures the peaceful lion-lamb nap does not appear to suggest that either the lion or the lamb ceases to be a lion or to be a lamb--their identities do not change, but their natures somehow do.

Is there a place in your life where you resist change by arguing "It's just my nature"?

Thinking with you about chosen changes in the context of power and of helplessness.

See you next week.


1 comment:

  1. I've been thinking about the change in that little lamb since I read this last night. Thanks for shining a light on an aspect of that scene I'd never even considered. Just when I think I've wrapped my head around some concept you're explaining, you throw in another question! It's what keeps me coming back for more blogs!