Tonight, we are becoming blanketed by the snow as it whirls and swirls like wispy ghosts mocking you into thinking its a dream. It's real alright....... and everyone is tucked into a month known for it's longest nights. When a storm arrives, it brings with it a sense of forced internal stillness. We wait it out, and if we're lucky, we wait it out in a safe warm home, where reflections can visit in comfort. That's a good thing since my reflections are taking the same path as the snow........around and around and around..........
All night, I have been struck by a few of the same thoughts, which often happens when I have looked at a creative writing prompt or a piece of prose sometime throughout the day. Over and over in my head, I have been wondering about the real role of kindred spirits. We are lucky to find one or two throughout our lives because they are more than simply a friend arent they?
Kindred spirits are like guardian angels, though in the flesh. They are reflective guides, supports, mirrors of who we are and who we can become. They understand us without the necessity of words, though its always wonderful to have a chance to spend time talking and talking and talking together. Because the talking is never at a superficial level. Rather, the conversation dives deep into the well of what really matters. Who but a kindred spirit can you jump blindly into that well knowing any topic is safe, knowing that any deeply felt emotion will be caught in their arms and couched by a downy pillow? Safe to share. Safe to be exactly who you are becoming.....
I believe there is an unwritten, unspoken feeling between two kindred spirits which perhaps is what makes the relationship that more enlightening..........a promise to be present even if distance keeps them apart. Both human beings always have a sense of the other, no matter where the journey takes them, and it is felt most deeply during the dark nights of the soul. It makes me wonder if our kindred spirits are really our guardian angels.
Life is more fulfilling, more exciting when one can promise to another that they will be there for them, no matter what.........."you never have to apologise to me", my kindred spirit said to me once........."you can be as crazy as you want, and share anything with me, because I am not going away." Kindred spirits love and accept you unconditionally, and will be there in spirit when they are needed. You simply have to call out. It makes me wonder if they were sent as a messenger from God to help us figure things out, to help guide us just like a guardian angel?
I will hold onto that idea........and hope that throughout my journey, my kindred spirits will help point out the signposts for me.......the ones that may be covered in snow along the way. And I will do the same for them.
Sometimes promises are like sand sifting through fingers...............or like trying to hold water in your cupped hands.......impossible to perform. But a promise to a kindred spirit, or from one? These are worth every penny, because they are made from the centre of their heart. It is a conviction pressed on the heart of another. These are the promises we keep before we sleep on a snowy evening in December, safe in the harbour of knowing we are human beings becoming (a special nod to my emerald friend Pip for the phrase...loveit:)) with a little help from a guiding spirit.
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