Though she be but little, she is fierce. – Shakespeare
It has been said by many that you must be fierce in order to survive in this day and age. Indeed, with internet trolls, bullying, rude people, and those who just don’t care, it’s a tough world out there. And indeed, I have had to be fierce as well. Especially after the passing of my parents. Dealing with estate issues, family issues, legal issues and financial issues, I was all issued out. And I had to be assertive to make sure that everything was done correctly, on time and by the right people.
But being fierce will also wear you out. Because you must constantly be on the lookout, always aware, always “on.” You cannot be fierce all the time, you must be able to relax and enjoy life too. You must be able to be vulnerable, to laugh and smile and have fun as well. You must be able to have compassion and empathy and kindness and grace. The fact of the matter is that there is a season for everything in life, and fierceness cannot last.
With God, you are stronger than your struggles and more fierce than your fears.
And so it is with me. This is the season, this summer, of relaxing. Of having fun. Of enjoying fireflies and putting my bare feet up on the dash board while singing at the top of my lungs. It is planting 130+ day lilies from my mother’s garden. It is enjoying the smell of the honey suckle and watching the humming birds at the feeder. It is spending time with sick friends, talking softly over fears and memories. It is walking in the woods, being in nature and breathing deeply. It is live music, and many concerts that I will be attending this summer.
The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human. – Victor Hugo
When you are strong, you do not need to wear that strength and fierceness on your sleeve, you do not need to advertise it or make sure that others see it. It is there, when you need it. And whether or not it is seen is not your concern. Your concern is to be happy, and to love life. You concern is to live the life you intended, the life you will be happy with in your last moments, will as few regrets as possible. Your concern is to smile at the sun and howl at the moon, to run with the starts and sing with the wind.
I don’t always feel fierce and fearless, but I do feel like I’m a rock star at being human. – Tracee Ellis Ross
And I will let the fierce within me sleep. I have fought to have everything in order, I have fought to put myself back together, one heartbeat at a time. I have fought to have only those who deserve to be at my table, and I have fought to drive out those who are not worthy. My soul needs the rest and my mind needs to fun. My lips need to smile and my heart needs to laugh.
And so goes.
The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism. – John C. Calhoun