• Patricia Jean Fleming

Wednesday Weekly Wisdoms 098 – Fickle Friends and Nobility

It is spring, life is energised here in Spain and we have a beautiful sunny morning. Ten o'clock and already fourteen degrees Celsius (fifty eight Fahrenheit) window wide open letting it spill in along with the noise of the building works in the apartment across the road and an uplift of traffic noises now our lock down has been lifted to a wider area; at last! I have lost track of the days since we were reinforced into home territory and thankfully with that my very comfortable retreat into my room where as a Cancer rising Sun sign I am very comfortable in my own shell. So letting the outside in has for me been my connection with all that lies beyond this humble place venturing a little further only to get supplies etc. when necessary.

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This morning, I brought my coffee back to bed as is my want, retired life has its pleasures and also as this side of the house gets the early morning sunshine, it is quite the best place to be. Two little sparrows flew up onto the top window ledge of my room, flapping and tweeting, oblivious to me within. As I leaned over to get a better look they flew away. I checked out my (falling apart) trusty, go to font of information ‘Animal-Speak Pocket Guide by Ted Andrews’ and this is what it told me. Sparrow: (nobility) Trust in your nobility. Fulfil responsibilities. Pursue and do what you need to do for yourself. Obstacles soon will pass out of view.

As is my way, I wish to understand words on a deeper level so head to the dictionary to get the meaning of nobility. It always sounds to me like something puffed up and pompous. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobility tells us: ‘The privileges associated with nobility may constitute substantial advantages over or relative to non-nobles or may be largely honorary (e.g., precedence), and vary by country and era. Membership in the nobility, including rights and responsibilities, is typically hereditary.’ In other words the right to be ‘above’ others through the 'law' of the land! Privileges – advantages and rights. Over Non-nobles – segregation, separatism, social structure.

We are all human beings and have the right to be. This is an outdated 'them and us' mentality; of dark ages - let me just check, this is 2021? Here in Europe we are being guided through the current climate by having to retreat to our homes and be with ourselves. But, what is happening on the external does not need to kill our own individual nobility. To be noble is more than heredity or being given advantage over others, true nobility lies within each and everyone of us , part of our own individual choice and free will. This nobility is a quality of our character of courage, honesty and kindness. ‘The quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct.www.synonyms.com/synonym/nobility

When we look beyond the directed news of the day we see acts of courage and kindness playing out in thousands if not millions of ways. We need to look past that which others want us to believe is how it is. The best way I know to deal with that is to go within, to find my own nobility and be the courageous, honest and kind person I know I want to be. It is also the quality I want to see in others and choose to have them around me as my friends.

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Fickle friends (and the visit from the sparrows) is what started today’s WWW to come into being,. Not in having them, but, the phrase just jumped into my head and warranted being worked on. Yes, I had to look it up! One thing I like to do is give as much as I can through a true account rather than a supposed one; if that makes sense? I know that words have a meaning to others different to way we can use them and that can cause all sorts of problems. Living in a country where two languages are used alongside a huge population from all different countries who have English as a second language, I have learned to look beyond the individual words and more into the meaning of the phrase being spoken. Being a wordsmith this has been a challenge for me, always wanting to ‘correct’ the bad English. But, is it not me that needs to change my attitude, who says that my way is best? As long as we know what is being meant then does it really matter and if we are not sure then it is up to us to get clarification rather than being pompous, believing the other person should change.

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Fickle friend - www.vocabulary.comPeople who are fickle change their minds so much you can't rely on them. If your best friend suddenly decides that she doesn't like you one week, and then the next week she wants to hang out again, she's being fickle. Fickle comes from the Old English word ficol, for deceitful. We usually use fickle to talk about people, but it can also be used for abstract things that alternately favor you and abuse you, like the weather.’ To be able to hold ourselves in that noble grace that is love gives us the courage to remove fickle or insincere people from our lives. It is not that we have to be able to be in the company of all human beings but to be able to extend our love to them and allow them to go their own way. To be able to live in truth and honesty is truly a noble way of being. Thank you sparrows for today’s lesson delivered in a way that encourages me to believe that a new day is definitely dawning and the new world is being birthed.

Much love. Namaste, Patricia xx

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