We hear a lot of talk these days about buildings large and small being “reclaimed by nature”. It means exactly what it sounds like: Since buildings are considered a foreign object on the landscape, when left untended, eventually nature will take back what was hers. It may take decades, but the end result is the same. Nature is as unrelenting as she is beautiful.
The question I want to pose to my readers is this: What if we as people learned from example and reclaimed what was rightfully ours in regards to a right to push out the negative people in our lives? What if we became a force to be reckoned with, and reclaimed our identities after someone has robbed us of them? Has someone constantly belittled you? Has someone unfairly judged you? Has someone broken your heart time after time, only to expect yet another chance to do so? Has someone used you only to leave you in the dirt when you needed them the most? Has someone unleashed a volley of insults just because they felt like it? Has someone made you feel worthless? Then let the trees of your self-worth break through the floor of their influence and destabilize their structure. Let the vines of your resolve suffocate their words so your heart does not see them. Let the flowers of your passion bloom to break through the concrete of their projected misery. Let your dreams, desires, laughter, and success flourish while their hold on you crumbles to the foundation. Tell them as nature does to the building, “You’ve had your time here, now it is time for you to leave.”