On courage

Today is a good day to spend some time with the question, “What healing do I need to gather courage to undertake?”

The truth is that all healing takes courage. Some more than others. But it’s hard to really look at your own wounds. We’re taught to hide them, avoid them, run far and fast from them.

You can’t heal what you don’t examine.

It takes a hell of a lot of courage to even admit to the wound sometimes. And if you’re struggling with this, with naming the wound, with pulling back the years-old bandage, go gently with yourself.

Having a hard time facing the wound does not mean you’re a coward. It only means you are in tremendous pain.

Don’t discount your pain. It won’t be healed by trying to dismiss or minimize it. Maybe try, instead, to reach out to it. Write it a letter. Ask it what it wants to say to you. What it wants to teach you. What it needs to be healed. What kind of love it needs. Write it a poem. Or write a poem from the point of view of your pain personified.

Something to remember:

Your pain is not your fault. But you are the one who will need to do the healing work. If it feels like too much to do alone, please don’t do it alone. Call a trusted friend who will hold your heart with tenderness and care. Call a mental health counselor – many, if not all, offer phone or video chat sessions. If you can’t afford counseling, call a crisis line – each state has one – here in Colorado it’s 1-844-493-8255, but elsewhere, do a quick search on “crisis line.” We all have burdens that are too big to carry by ourselves. All of us. You deserve support. 💜🌱

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