We Give As We Go

I’m thinking about strength today, specifically about steel.

At the moment, I live just north of the steel town of Pittsburgh. Depending on how the steel is processed, how many alloys are in it, the extreme temperatures you bring it to and how quickly you cool it, you can wind up with a product that is extremely strong, as everyone knows, and yet flexible. Rather than a weakness, this flexibility gives the steel added strength.

People, similarly, have strength borne of seeming weakness. We aren’t perfect. We discover each other, just the way we are, with all our baggage and the mess, and we let each other in. We give as we go. And it’s okay.

Together, we learn to live and love, and the mess is all just a part of it.

People don’t come in perfection. We come as we are. And we don’t mind.

This is what life, love, is all about.

Jody Brown is the author of Upside Down Kingdom, and is a multi-blogger, poet, and traveler. To learn more about her current writing projects, or for ways to donate toward their completion, see JodyBrown.com/writing.