Elephants in the Family Room

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It’s time to admit there’s an elephant in the room.
How do you get rid of an elephant in your home?
They say you can do it one bite at a time.
But there isn’t just one, it seems there’s a herd.
How on earth did this happen? It seems so absurd!
Too many to tackle. Is the entire family blind?

These pachyderms each have a name and a face.
I’d call them out but fear a wild goose chase.
I wish I could name the one who’s a buffoon.
As long as it’s been, perhaps it’s too soon.
What? Too soon to get rid of elephants in the room?

Too soon to admit they’ve been there a long time.
Too soon to believe they can turn around on a dime.
They show up for parties and drink lots of booze.
They show up for funerals. That’s no time to schmooze.

It’s hard to believe an elephant can hide.
Everyone knows they cause havoc.
Perhaps it’s their pride?
No one can muster the courage to say.
It’s time to pack up the circus.
Make these elephants go away.

They sneak up behind you.
Touch your bum with their trunk.
Hide inside closets, cover up with a lie.
I’m calling your bluff. You’re out of luck.
Reunions will be awkward.
In fact, they might suck.
It’s okay. Do what’s right.
Blow the cover on these schmucks!

It’s time to conclude this kitschy composition.
If you don’t know by now I set out on a mission.
Lay the cards on the table.
I don’t need your permission.
Inspire contrition and come to fruition.

I encourage you to seek wise counsel to address painful issues. It’s important to forgive even when you may never hear the apology you deserve. Forgiving someone who has deeply hurt you is no doubt one of the hardest challenges you will ever face. But deciding to forgive someone who has deeply hurt to you is also, unquestionably, one of the most important choices you will ever make.

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