Into the Woods: Little Rosewood with a Twist

“You skipped one,” Ted said to me this past weekend when we were talking about the writing I was doing about wands.

“I did? Which one?”

“Rosewood with a twist,” he answered, but I couldn’t remember any such wand. I was sure he was right; he keeps good records on things like wands, especially if they’ve come from Japan, like this one was supposed to have done.

“Do you know where it is, because it’s not with the other wands I have, and it’d be there, I think,” I said. Unless, of course, it had never made it there. Things have a way of getting put in a “safe place”, the place we put them when we don’t feel like putting them in the right place. It’s the one we’ll definitely remember because it’s so out of the ordinary to put the thing there. Trouble is, it’s so out of the ordinary and so out of the way that we usually forget about any thing we put there, until, of course, we’re looking for it, and then, not surprisingly, we’re also not finding it.

The wand finally turned up yesterday.


It had been “put aside” on a coffee table, but because it’s fairly small and there were a lot of other things on the coffee table, it had escaped notice.

I’d said I didn’t remember the wand, but as soon as Ted gave it to me, I recognized it.

I think the spiraling effect that’s carved into it is a good reminder about integrity and interdependence. We have to have integrity, be true to ourselves, and not allow ourselves to get consumed by anyone or anything else. We must stay true to our own heart, not mindlessly follow someone’s else’s ideas about what we should or could be doing just to keep the peace, avoid growth in ourselves, or build up false self-esteem because of the way others think we live.

But, even though we are true and individual beings, we are seamlessly incorporated into the fabric of humanity. This starts with family and extends outward to community. Before you can coexist with others, you must be able to exist on your own. But once you are your own person, you must also fit, to a certain degree, within the bounds of family and community. Sometimes, you’ll lead, other times, follow, and still others, do neither of these. In all situations, even if it’s uncomfortable at the moment, the large picture has to remain intact: We must maintain integrity and interdependence.

Those are good lessons for me, a person who hates asking for help. I’m learning, though, and this little rosewood wand will certainly help.

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