A Metal friend of mine, asked to explain how she deals with difficult situations, said simply, “I remove myself”.
I am always delighted when somebody offers such a neat and
almost laughably concise illustration of an element’s particular
qualities. On reflection, I decided that
I could not think of any other element apart from Metal that would say this. I think it is the only element which I can
see detaching itself so firmly and standing back. Certainly, I who am as Fire as they come,
could never say something like that. In
some way I realise that I always have to stay attached to whatever situation I am
This has made me think about how the other elements, Wood,
Earth or Water, react when confronted with similar tricky situations. I have my own thoughts on this, but would
welcome feedback from people of these elements just to confirm my thinking.
Is there anybody out there who is Wood, Earth or Water, or
indeed Metal or Fire, who would like to add something to this discussion?