I think of the word ‘fix‘ and wonder how a three letter word can have so many connotations. Some good. Some bad.
A word that can mean repair, can also mean despair when it applies to someone getting a fix. And then it can have several other meanings that imply bribery and corruption and trying to nefariously influence the outcome of some event.
If a small word like this can wield so much ‘power’, I wonder at the powers of our mind. How, like this word, our minds can lead us down various paths.
The Wisdom To Know What To Fix
We can think up several bad things to do. Walk down paths that are evil. Follow roads that lead to destruction. Spend our time in meaningless ways. Try to force change in people and situations. Try to use any means fair or foul to ensure that things go our way.
We can allow our minds to work for good. Fixing situations. Repairing things that are broken. Healing the hurt within us. Undo wrongs. And set our minds on goals and plans. We can fix our gaze on God. We can change our attitude. Turn our grumbling into gratitude.
There’s so much good we can do too if we give up our penchant for fixing things. Yes, you read right. Often we want to fix things to make them just so. We are unhappy with our imperfections and want to be perfect. Or we see a loved one suffering and think that we have all the answers – the exact solution to their problem! In fact, we start to treat people like problems to be solved, when all they might need is our presence – standing by without judgement. “The human soul doesn’t want to be advised, or fixed, or saved,” Parker Palmer writes. “It simply wants to be witnessed–to be seen, heard, and companioned exactly as it is.
Today let us hope that we have the wisdom and grace to make the right choices. To lend our mind and energies to the right pursuits. Let us pray to have the wisdom and the means to know what to fix!
This post was written for Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday prompt – Fresh.