Give Up

15 Mar

From a small, struggling Type-A girl to you!

(And, really, I mean no offense.  This was just TOO inspiring not to pass along…)

Here is an idea that came to me at work that I HAD to share.  For Lent (or:  Tuesday / Whenever you are reading this / Because you like red/ You!) consider giving up your self-hatred.

I know.  I know!  My work is really getting to me.  😛

But, check it.  What are the stories you tell yourself?  Are they true?  What ideas about yourself and your future do they perpetuate?  Are you living out a self-imposed narrative instead of just living?

Simply, take a second to question that script in your mind.  By acknowledging that it is merely that– a story– you will gain some perspective and some creative, narrative freedom for the protagonist– YOU!

We do not have to be the thing we are so desperately trying to convince ourselves we are.  We could just be.

I think Mary Oliver says beautifully!

The Journey

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save

the only life you could save.


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