Trolls are Nordic mythic creatures that hide under bridges and terrorize travelers. There are numerous versions of troll stories. In all cases, trolls are malevolent little creatures who steal young children and sometimes even entire farms from frightened helpless farmers. They prevent travelers from completing their journeys home, particularly a vulnerable bridge crossing. Few images hold more symbolic meaning than crossing a bridge. A bridge crossing is the quintessential act of transformation, a Rubicon. It is a “no turning back” statement. We also inherently know that for all those reasons, the act of crossing the bridge means we are walking directly into the unknown. Whether the size of the unknown is the next step in a relationship activated by crossing into more honest dialogue or by making the decision to finally follow a dream, setting even the lightest foot on a bridge of transformation can potentially wake up a Troll. Trolls embody our deepest, darkest “under the bridge” fears about what horrible possibilities lay ahead for us on the other side of the bridge. Trolls stir up the “what if’s” and all the worst scenarios we ever could imagine. And when we look back, it doesn’t matter that none of those scenarios ever happened. We never seem to learn from that reality that our worst fears rarely materialize, because every time we encounter a Troll, they seem to be so real.
This lecture will include:
- The many experiences in life that qualify for a “Troll bridge.”
- Identifying your Trolls.
- Conversations you’ve had with Trolls in the past and in the present.
- Outwitting a Troll – real and imagined.
- What would you like to have on the other side of some of your bridges?
- What to do when you next encounter your Trolls.