The Myth of Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
Yeah, well, I think this whole Humpty Dumpty story is baloney. It teaches kids that if they fall down, they might not be able to get up—no matter what. They’ll be irreparable.
Nothing—really, maybe nothing—could be further from the truth. So, if you have a little of the Humpty Dumpty rhyme playing quietly at the back of your mind, it’s time to turn the volume to zero.
The only way Humpty Dumpty falls and breaks into so many pieces that he can’t be put together, again, is if he forgets that the king is something called the SELF and that the SELF is hardwired to God or the Universe (as you prefer, but I prefer God). The SELF is never shattered. You may think that it is and behave as though it is, but start believing otherwise, and acting otherwise, and you will see the Truth—namely that you cannot be crushed. In fact, the Truth is that attempts to crush you, when approached from the proper perspective (which, granted, is not so easy to manifest at times), will make you stronger.
The SELF is a diamond. Under pressure, it gets stronger; it doesn’t shatter.
Have you had a business “fail?” Do you know that the seeds of your success are somewhere in that “failure?”
Have you had a marriage “fail?” Do you know that the seeds of a more perfect relationship are to be found in the less perfect chapters of the last one?
Have you been defeated in an election? Do you know that your “defeat” is the preface to your next victory—of one kind or another?
Do you know that even death won’t defeat you—that you will never be irretrievably lost because every single kind word you spoke and decent thing you did during your life resonates for eternity in those who survive you?
Have you forgotten YOU? I’m here to, among other things, remind you just who you are and where you ought be going.
I wonder what Humpty Dumpty did next, once he realized that the King’s men who couldn’t come up with a plan to put him back together again, were just broken people themselves, who obviously didn’t know their own power in this life?
Dr. Keith Ablow