Is peace ever the result of following through on a temptation? Seduction of the senses so often awakens in us a longing to fill an emptiness we may not even be aware of until our attention is provoked by an alluring invitation. Bathed in light, we become mesmerized by the flirtatious mirage off in the distance. Thoughts hone in on the hunger pangs pulsating with desire which turn a "want" into an unrestrained illusionary need. They hum cloaked lullabies to our longing spirits. Our senses become rattled by the charming dare of temptation's shiny gleam, by the instant gratification of satisfying mouth watering urgency.
Need it, want it.....just a little taste.... just a little spoonful of dare's sweetness.
Sometimes we succumb. Challenged by its calling........its invitation to accept the dare, we step closer to the glowing light it bathes in and let it shower us with soothing rapture. Sometimes we hold ourselves back by the very tips of our sensibilities, like we are clinging to a ledge. The temptation remains alive, breathing down on our shivering flesh, reminding us of its ever present bite. Sometimes we can face the alluring energy with resolve, by controlling the blood red blush we initially feel during the first encounter. We choose to step away.
Three very different endings....... and I wonder if peace can be held again in the palms of our hands no matter what door we choose to open at a given time in our lives. Life is never void of temptation.
We are never perfect in the choices we make. If we can forge on towards new awareness, new understanding of what we as individuals hunger for, we can reach a place where we re-introduce ourselves with humility. Temptations are fraught with lessons. Their daring bravado can enlighten new learning, and can offer opportunities to reach a place where we can shed our ways, where pleasurable fulfillment leads to consequential truths. Humbling in all its nakedness isn't it?
An apple anyone?
This week's tempting word prompt is Dare. This time of year, our temptations challenge us with such cheekiness. The little daredevils! Check out other interpretations at Sunday Scribblings. I double dare you.........