From Tracie: Cut The Strings - Change Is Coming

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cut The Strings - Change Is Coming

As change happens, strings are cut.

Some of them are as small as dental floss.

Some as thick and large as the ropes that hold the sails of a ship in place.

One by one.




Each change is a cut string.

And you feel yourself move, because those were your strings.

Some of them were cut at your own hands, but most of them are cut when you least expected it, by forces seen and unseen. You try to ignore each snip beyond your control, and do this life thing.

But the tether is gone.

You are lifted off the ground.

Flying off to freedom. Like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon, or a bird finally leaving the nest, or Iron Man putting on a new suit. Purposeful. Making decisions. Reaching goals.

blue balloon floating towards the sun

The tether is gone, and you are lifted off the ground.

Floating away uncontrollably. Like a half-inflated balloon, aiming towards heaven, but getting tangled in the power lines. Like a leaf that thinks it will fly, but finds this short flight is really only a fall. Like a plastic bag on the highway. Floating. Almost flying. Getting hit by car after car. Tearing apart. Never quite able to make it to the other side of the road.

The fear firmly in place, you try to tie those ropes and strings back together.


Fingers slipping.

Is a chance at flying enough to risk a fall?

Is there even a choice?

Those strings have been cut.

They will never be strong again, tethering you to what you know.

Change is here.

fallen yellow leaf with shadows and light

Brace yourself for the flight.

Or the fall.


  1. It's like cutting the puppet strings that are holding you now free to move and explore! Beautiful piece!

  2. I love the way you put this and must say right now I am trying my best to embrace all the change coming our way, especially with Emma starting kindergarten here, so thank you for the reminder here, too.

  3. This is beautiful, Tracie. I knew from your description I had to read it. I'm kind of welling up right now. I love it, so very much.

  4. lovely. change is the only thing we can be sure of... so we might as well fly!

  5. Very nice. change. there is always change. let's let it make us better.

  6. This is such a beautiful piece. Change is inevitable, so it's good to accept it and try to move on to the best you can.

  7. Oh heck yes. I feel this so much. And I'm bracing myself!
    It's definitely coming.

  8. Once again your words just cut right to my soul. It's like you have a special way of saying what is in my heart, like you've found my diary and read it aloud. But I'm not mad.
    Change is most definitely coming, and I'm praying it's for the better.
    Sending you all my love, my dear. Never ever stop weaving your words.

  9. Change is just so incredibly hard. I just love your beautiful and flowing description of it. How hard it is to face. How hard it is to see it happen!!

  10. This is an accurate picture of how it feels to experience change! Thanks for sharing on Hump Day Happenings : )