201703.01
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I Am Not the Label You Give Me

I am complex and multifaceted. I have many titles and wear many hats. That’s okay. I give others permission to be diverse, too. We all are more than our job titles, more than our family roles, more than our locations, political parties, temporary interests, hobbies, vacations, hairstyles, clothing, or furnishings. We are all of the…

201702.15
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World Traveler

The world seems different. I seem different. Yet the same, experiencing what had been overlooked, ignored, hidden, unknown, or misunderstood. Like me. Always present. Ever ready. Open-armed. Waiting to be examined, analyzed, appreciated, accepted, challenged, and alive. We are complex, yet simple, depending on our choices and needs in a moment. It passes quickly, or…

201612.05
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It Begins with the Listening

Listen for the hurt, the broken dreams, and the opportunities to heal them. Listen for the fears, the shame, and the cue to hug them. Listen not for the hate that developed in a world that rejected them, embarrassed them, cheated them, and battered them. Listen for the vulnerable one they try desperately to hide….

201607.14
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The Guilt is Ours

I’m sorry that I didn’t notice you were black when we were playing at the mall. I was just happy to have someone my size to be with. I didn’t know our lives were so different. I’m sorry I didn’t notice you were treated differently in school. We shared the same buses, free lunch program,…

201606.13
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Don’t Be Mad at Me

Don’t be mad at me. I prayed for you today. Then, I meditated and set an intention or took a stand that you would have a life more amazing than you imagine possible. Don’t be mad at me. I wished you a Merry Christmas or happy day in 12 languages or 11 that weren’t your…

201604.05
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Alive in the Fear

  I’m not sure what fear is. An emotion? A belief? A self-imposed obstacle? A fantasy To make me think Nothing could be better than here? Than the long hours of work And nearly empty bank account? Than the empty womb, Empty home, And empty days? Perhaps fear is simply something we place on the…

201603.31
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Authenticity

When I share authentically with some people, they stop listening to me. They try to fix me. I’m not broken, even when I’m convinced I am. Others don’t concern themselves at all with me. They talk over me an focus only on their lives. I could make that mean they are self-absorbed jerks and cut…

201601.27
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How to Find Peace

I am becoming nothing more than who I am. No more pretending. No more proving (or disproving). No more “love” with conditions. No more clutter in my mind or in my heart. I clean them daily. I am free. I am loved. I am me. I have all I need. I am all that I…

201601.18
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Forgiveness

I forgive you for not being tall and thin and blonde. I forgive you for looking like him, having his genes and hers which make you more susceptible to certain diseases and ailments. I know you want love just like I do and are confused that your best qualities aren’t seen as enough. Even by…

201512.11
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If I Ran for President

If I ran for President, I would only serve one term because I would answer the questions asked with directness but without the burn. I would be too authentic and too female, white, and educated, not just in law school or big business, but in church, books, psychotherapy, and nature. Having been a victim several…