Friday, April 10, 2009

Imagery: Safety and Comfort

After yesterday's intense and compelling discussion about fear, let's take a moment to think soothing thoughts.

It's good to go into the dark, but let's climb out again and come into the light. What makes you feel safe? What images give you a sense of safety and comfort?

Let's feel the nice solid ground under our feet again!


DESTINY said...

The fact that I know everything that has and will happen is very comforting.

I am your Destiny.

Anonymous said...


If I get in trouble, I call my mom and dad.


S'Rak said...

I resent the very implication that the dark is somehow bad. The darkness is my comfort and my support. I am a high priest of the Lord of Night, and I am not evil.

More evil is to be found in the harsh light of day than is ever thought of in the depths of soothing shadow.

Your words betray your unthinking prejudice, and I am tired of being called a demon just because I wear black.

S'Rak, high priest of the Lord of Night

Mira said...


Clearly I am ignorant of your world of shadow and night.

I, um, meant darkness as a metaphor, but I see that was, um, prejudiced by my, um, prejudices.

I beg forgiveness for my unthinking offense.

Aidan said...

Every time my cousin Jason touches me, it calms me down. It's weird to describe it, but it actually makes me warm.

I don't know how it works or why, and I'm not even sure he realizes it happens.

Yeah, I like the dark, too, S'Rak. But I sense other people are scared of it. I guess it's because they can't see what's coming like I can.

Anonymous said...

I feel safe when I'm with Aunty Goody. Probably because she's more frightening than most things. Monster run away sobbing quietly to themselves.

aiden, maybe your cousin jason has magical abilities that he's not aware of. I've heard of healing magic.

S'Eak, I think the dark can be pretty frightening. It's impossible to see without light. And you can't protect yourself from something you can't see.

shy said...

"Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is."

~~German Proverb

Vic said...

S'Rak, you and I need to hang out. You're not Type O by any chance, are you?

I find my coffin very comforting, and mausoleums, too.

The Screaming Guppy said...

Safe was a long time ago, before my brother died. I was fourteen. Showed me that anyone can die at anytime. Which means none of us are ever really safe, are we?

My crew, well, they help at times. At least enough to keep guard while I get a few hours of sleep.

We do the best we can.


Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...

Safety and comfort?
Easy - Uncle Will:
Taller than tall, older than old, more flexible than any ancient yoga teacher has a right to be – he is 'it'.
He doesn’t watch too much.
He listens to what I say and what I don’t.
He posts photos on my wall before he even tells me I’ve got to go somewhere else I haven’t been.
He’s still here and I haven’t always been.
When he’s here I can take it when the sun goes down.
When he’s here I can take it that the next day comes.
When he’s here I don’t mind that I still am.


Charlene said...

Mom and Dad's old place up in Washington. The old red house with the porch Dad built when I was three, complete with a swing.

I always felt great there with the big yard so you could see anything approaching for feet around the house...well, that and pop's was a hunter, if anyone came to give us crap he had his rifle nearby.


Ms. Fettleston said...

Dear Ms. Mira,

Well, dear. When I feel anxious I think of our Lord and Savior watching over his little flock. I know that he loves his children, dear, and will guide them through the dark valleys that do happen in each life.

I also find I feel at my best in my kitchen, dear. When I am bustling around, baking treats and listening to my music (I love Mozart, he's my very favorite), it is very hard to feel anything but cozy and warm, dear.

Have a lovely day, Ms. Mira.


Ms. Fettleston

Troubadour said...

I like to be in the woods. There is a calming effect when you are amongst the trees, especially with the sounds of a bubbling brook nearby.

At night I like to close my eyes and listen to the symphony of sounds that emerge through the woods.

Scruffy said...

Woof, woof.

Wag, wag, wag, wag, wag, wag, wag.

Lick, lick, lick, lick, lick, lick.

Slurp, slurp, slurp, slurp, slurp.

Wag, wag, wag, wag, wag, wag, wag.

Candy said...

S'Rak, no one calls me a demon just because I wear black. Mostly it's just "wierd".
I used to feel safety and comfort when I was with Joker, and then when I was painting, but as I have neither now I guess the only time I have those feelings is when I am curled up very small in bed, alone.

Brokerage said...

Money. Same answer as last week. Money gets you out of any problem, gives you complete security. You can do anything if you have enough money.

Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...

I got lots of money: insurance money, house sale money and some from other places too but I don't remember what they were. Yep - I've got lots and lots and lots of money. I wonder if you feel the same kind of safe I feel?

Kalila said...

As Bo pointed out yesterday, I am vulnerable in mortal form, but I know what humans are thinking. I rarely bother to read actual thoughts because they're so boring, but I'm always alert to human emotions. I would know if a mortal wanted to hurt me, so I feel very safe as long as I'm not in a moving vehicle.

I prefer to be in djinn form, though, either enjoying a windy day or relaxing in a cozy lamp or bottle. I'm completely safe from mortal vexations then.

Mrs. Fettleston, did you know Wolfgang Mozart, too? I thought his sister was much more talented. It was unfortunate for her that human custom required her to obey her father and give lessons instead of perform, but it was a lucky break for me and my friend Nevin. Nannerl was an excellent teacher.

Brokerage said...

Elaine, sounds like you understand the importance of money.

Good to meet a woman who does.


Honey said...

No, no, no, no, no.

No, no, no, no, no.

Brokerage, I'm sure you're a very nice person, and very smart and everything, but I'm sorry because you are wrong. I'm sure you're right about some things, but you are wrong about money. You are, because you think money is important, and it makes you feel safe, but it doesn't, it's not important at all.

I know this, because I know what's important. I will now tell you what's important.

Friends are what's important. Friends are the best. Friends are what make you feel safe and comfortable and happy and good. They let you come over when you have something bad happen to you, and then they say things that make you feel better, or maybe they say things that say nothing, but you feel better anyway. And then they feed you, and let you hug them, and pat you on the head and you feel better.

Money has never patted me on the head and given me hugs. I once tried to hug money, just to see why everyone likes it so much, and it was very frustating. It was very frustrating because it wouldn't stand still. It kept sliding out of my arms and stuff. Anything that won't stand still and let you hug it not very nice or maybe it has deep serious emotional problems.

So, since money has deep serious emotional problems, you shouldn't have any money, really. Would you let something with deep, serious emotional problems into your life? No. Why not? Because it has deep, serious emotional problems, that's why.

So the next time money comes knocking, you just say to it, I don't mean to hurt your feelings, money, but I thing you have deep serious emotional problems. Please go away and get into therapy until you have worked out your deep, serious emotional problems and then you can come back and be my friend.

Okey dokey, I hope that clears up for you what is important and why money is not.


Chicken Little said...

Huh? I don't understand the question.

I need Henny Penny. She makes me feel better when I don't understand things.

Kalila said...

Brand, your human money is just numbers in a computer, you know. It doesn't beat having magic.

I have human money so I can use my magic sparingly, but I can't take pride in anything so easy to acquire. Buy a lot in London or an old farm on Manhattan Island, wait a hundred years or so, then sell. What could be simpler?

Long-term investments pay off big when you're immortal.

Brokerage said...

Kalila -

Call me. We'll talk.

Honey. When I hug my money, it hugs me right back.


Anonymous said...

Guns. Guns help me feel safe.

Goran Njiric said...

I used to smoke. Still do, when I can, but it's damn hard to find a smoking room here in space. I had one in my home, but I'm no longer there. The warmth of the smoke was comforting, like a long lost love holding me close. I can almost taste it now.

For the most part, that and crying would do it for me. I could just smoke and let it all out. I had a moment like that before I started on this trip.

There's little better than a good smoke to calm the nerves after a bad day. I can rarely find any, though.