When you refer a strong person as a rock, you think of them as a main force of a foundation in which helps you with keeping yourself steady. Often times, these rocks tend to attract more rocks which further strengthens their force which in due time can build an ultimate fortress. A fortress so strong it protects the village in which inhabits behind the fortress so the can grow strong, survive and thrive.
Of course, like any good fortress, a series of outside forces wants to make an attempt to invade and destroy the peace in which it tries to bestow. Not just from other invading villages but from other forces such as weather, time, and erosion. This is why we do our best to fortify and maintain our fortresses so it can continue to do it’s job at protecting it’s village. This why we honor the warriors of our past who go beyond the fortress to fight off invading forces so they cannot reach it in the first place. Why we respect the contractors and carpenters who built the fortress in the first place and help maintain it with constant repairs, check ups, and attention. Why when in time a fortress falls, the village gathers together to fight to the death to protect what is in their village while others evacuate their young so they can further the path of the village to get a fresh start.
Of course, it should not come to that if you maintain and respect the fortress in the first place. We get so comfortable and safe at times we do not think about its maintenance that when it does fall, we tend to put the blame on the fortress for not standing rather than ourselves for keeping up with it’s maintenance. A fortress is just a fortress, it can only do so much on it’s own for so long.
That is the one thing we as humans have a terrible habit, which is keeping up with maintenance. We do it to our bodies, our relationships, our homes, our careers, almost everything. We get so caught up in comfort that we take for granted blessings we have rather than counting them so they can continue to grow. The most thankless often feel empty because they focus on what they lack rather than be thankful for what they do have. Even I am guilty of this behavior because I am someone who strives to move forward the best I can. Of course as the years go by I see so much to be thankful for. I once met a man who told me that instead of counting sheep to put him to sleep, he counted his blessings which always puts him at ease.
So know this, if someone is your rock. Love them, cherish them, maintain your relationship with them. Of course when they start to crumble, be there the best you can to support them in their times of need as much as they have been to you. Just remember, sometimes your rock may not reach out to you because they are so used to being your rock, just keep an eye on them to make sure they’re ok.