The idea that you can climb up to a higher place on a ladder or even take a step while holding on to your bootstraps is not entirely possible. Why on EARTH would you even attempt this? It could be you have been drinking too much, or maybe you are at a party and participating in some sort of dexterity game for a prize. The entire idea is a bit ludicrous, but that is where the beauty of the word picture lies. It appears if you are in a difficult situation and can get out of it, you have succeeded.
Knowing this, it amuses me to think about how often people use it to suggest they can and should do things all by themselves. Doing something alone is grand and wonderful and when you actually finish a project, you deserve kudos galore. However, there are actually very few things you do completely alone. Other than sleeping, someone has always helped in one way or another. Even Survivor Man isn’t really alone.
I am often alone and do things by myself. But, when I look at it in a different way, this isn’t true. I spend my day doing chores, but I didn’t pump the water and heat it to do my dishes. I didn’t invent the washing machine that washes my clothes. I didn’t put up the clothesline to hang my clothes on. I didn’t create the recipe to make dinner and even if I do create a recipe, it really is only tweaking one that has come before. I had to watch someone else and learn from them before attempting my own steps. Even doing things I have a very hard time with, such as climbing on ladders to reach high places, isn’t all by myself. I didn’t create the ladder or the wall I have to grip as I climb. Another well-worn phrase is ‘it takes a village’ and this is truer than you realise. Yes, it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes more than one person to create that baby, to crochet a hat, to bake a turkey, and to write a story and get it published. This is where people interact in my life to become the village of me.
To say I am alone is a bit of a misnomer. As a person who believes in Christ Jesus, I know I am never alone in Him. It goes further than that, I am also never alone ever. I have cats (those guys prefer to be where a warm lap might be and rarely leave me alone), I have online friends, I have the people who are a part of my life and helped to create me, I have books, and I have my imagination. Yes, I can be alone physically, and that sucks a LOT. But, I will never really truly ever be alone.
If I could write a forward to my life, it would go on forever. The story changes and adapts as I age, but so many people have assisted in helping me as I stumble along gripping those bootstraps and thinking ‘I can do it.’ Thank you!