¿ It takes more power to create than to destroy – and is empowering and joyful in the process ?

The several week old – new pedestrian bridge has been vandalized – not even a month old. Not by sledgehammer or graffiti, but someone in the middle of the night cut the cables that illuminate the bright white lights on the sides and blue glowing islands. A security guard told me when I asked if this was an ‘alternative ambient lighting’? No, someone cut the cable, which will be repaired.

pedestrian bridge Providence, Rhode Island

Yesterday I was bicycling on a bike path to buy groceries and a man was picking up a broken bench of a picnic table. I often pause there because it’s close to a store and there’s a little grove of trees and a stream. I once had a squirrel encounter in which we each popped our heads to one and then the other side of the tree (the squirrel had to move several strides, i just leaned) but it was perfect, comical timing, 5, 6 times in a row, that I’d lean to one side then the other, and the squirrel was doing the same thing – on the same side! It was hilarious. I will never forget it. And remember each time I pass these trees. I also met a 9 yearish old boy who found a baby bird in the spring, and I talked with him a bit and gave him my knit hat (I wasn’t very keen on the hat anyway) to carry the bird and said he could feed it with an eye dropper….So we had this little exchange and yeah, I have pleasant experiences in various places that have been adorned to make them pleasant for others, where people pass one another and interact.

The man picking up the board broken in half said, “someone deliberately broke it, so no one else could sit there to enjo”. I shared the – sort of the shaking of the head words – of being sorry about it, as we exchanged our sympathies and smiles. I felt that ephemeral connection in feeling with that stranger at that moment.

pedestrian bridge Providence, Rhode Island

I don’t know what rage or quest for power causes someone to destroy? It brings a lot more joy to oneself – and others – to create, and is ultimately much more powerful. It takes more time and involvement to create, and in the little places where you get stuck but then get through it, bring more satisfaction.

It takes only a few moments to destroy something, and more energy to make excuses in one’s mind of why, with perhaps some lingering guilt, if that is even conceivable for some.