Insights can come from the most unexpected places.
Like during a kick-back Saturday night movie viewing. There I was sipping on a nightcap, a 12-year Jameson’s Whiskey …mmm warming me from the inside out, and there on the screen in the midst of a light romantic comedy flashed a jarring image and a brief, offbeat discussion of the Hindu goddess Kali.
Raised Catholic, I confess I didn’t have any knowledge of this particular Hindu goddess — saints, yes … goddesses, no — but given what I learned about her she’s definitely got the stuff infertiles can relate to. Among her many powers she is the goddess of destruction.
Who among us hasn’t felt like infertility destroyed our lives a few times over? Yeah, the destruction part I got. I was intrigued though with the other side of her powers. Destruction, while it gets a bad rap, can actually be good if managed properly — kind of like a controlled burn fire. That’s because it’s only through destruction that there can be rebirth.
Kali destroys only to recreate.
Apparently she is often called upon to destroy all that is negative. I know there’s lots going on here in this image — interpret amongst yourselves — but I’m going to take some creative license and imagine she has just slayed the bad stuff associated with infertility so that something new and better can arise in its place. Hmm. The idea is not unlike the Phoenix rising from the ashes (check out, ahem, the far left of the blog banner above).
So as we make our way through the holiday gauntlet — remember red wine has health benefits — and start making resolutions about how we shape and take stock of the New Year, let’s think in terms of positive destruction. What would you like to destroy?
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