Knees, kind of useful. Walking would be harder without them and steps nigh impossible. All sorts of imagery abounds in the arena of knees and kneeling, some of your minds are already there. (Whatever shall I do with you?) Now, to be fair, kneeling figures prominently in this arena in a number of ways just as “taking a knee” does in the sporting world. These images may be fun but they aren’t among the current swirl on my mind. That swirl contains (in part) some related imagery though that may be useful. No need to waste good knees however so sit on your sitter and let’s see if my braincell can get this to make sense.
A lot of my past haunts me (for the lack of a better word) at this time each year. A montage of things best left behind come to the fore. Thoughts, images, memories and moments reappear. With or without my approval, I know it changes how I perceive, process and act for a few days as I ride the “way back” machine. That ride returns me to that mindset. Oh well…. it kept me alive so I won’t knock it. At this point “So what?” is a fair question. Let’s answer it and tie two thoughts together.
Discipline is a wonderful thing. Acting and reacting without conscious effort can make a big difference in whether or not you are around to ride the “way back” on Memorial Day in the future. The experience that allows you to know when to stand and lead and when to take a knee (mentally) and follow. The experience and discipline that sees you know reflexively when to kneel at cover and when to stand and fire. These play together in an ever changing way to get you through a moment, a task and a day successfully. That success is where leadership wants you to be and so it is with any form of submission.
A submissive is anyone following the command of another. It is an accurate description to say that submission brought me to those moments just as it did the ones I tend to ponder this time of year. That same submission plays out in some way in virtually all relationships. An odd connection perhaps but also a totally fair one.
A submissive need not be weak, I would have been of little value if I were. Their strength defines their value in large part. Their submission comes in taking that knee before the leadership of another. The value lies in the discipline to take the knee and the courage to face the tasking. Leadership needs to see and know these skills and task the follower accordingly. The symbiosis can not occur as both stand or if both take a knee. Only by each utilizing their strengths correctly at the right time can they be prepared to go forward successfully. Each must know and act out their role but, together, oh the fun they can have….