Lost in the forest

If you are lost in the forest, burn it down.

Really, is that sane, practical advice to give anyone, let alone advice you want to take?

I’d like to believe only a crazy person would be so stupid as to think that’s a viable way to get out of the mess they’ve made, but apparently I’m in the minority. It seems even close members of my so-called family think it’s better to burn down a whole forest, rather than take logical steps to find a way out of a mess (usually) of their own making.

Do we blame it on a Millennial mindset, a lack of communication skills, or people (very lazy people apparently) who prefer taking the easy way out? The truth may be lost in translation, as I feel like I no longer speak the same language than anyone under the age of 30. Hell, under the age of 40!

Why am I talking about this? Mostly because a niece of mine decided it was easier to ‘napalm’ the situation she found herself in, rather than communicate her way out of it. As a result, not only are all the bridges incinerated, every road or avenue that we once shared are now gone: burnt to a crisp.

There’s no taking back what was said. No going back to how things were, good or bad.

I stand outside the conflagration, and blink back tears. I don’t know if it’s from all the smoke still lingering between us … or from the fact we’ll never talk again.

2 Comments Lost in the forest

  1. Kenny Harrison March 8, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Family is a hard beast to tame, if at all, and the lions shall weep tonight. You’re in my thoughts. 🙂

    1. Alexandra March 8, 2018 at 12:18 pm

      Indeed, Kenny. I don’t think we understand family, not really. Unlike friends, we don’t get to pick and choose, we’re just stuck with family.


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