I found this writing by Brené Brown while visiting a post by Jennifer Juneau ~ Looking Back While Looking Ahead. It’s only been recently that I’ve embarked on the journey of ‘Looking Back’ all with the intent to continue moving forward and ‘Looking Ahead’. Writing about our life story, the good parts and the not-so-good parts, pulls together a pattern that reminds us of who we were all along the way. A pattern of strength and courage through our struggles that becomes clearer when we become an observer from the present time and allow ourselves to look back. We can do this at any time and at any age. The insights we gain and the freedom we experience keep us ‘rising strong’.
~ Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted ~
“There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fearmongers
Than those of us who are willing to fall
Because we have learned how to rise
With skinned knees and bruised hearts;
We choose owning our stories of struggle,
Over hiding, over hustling, over pretending.
When we deny our stories, they define us.
When we run from struggle, we are never free.
So we turn toward truth and look at it in the eye.
We will not be characters in our stories.
Not villains, not victims, not even heroes.
We are the authors of our lives.
We write our own daring endings.
We craft love from heartbreak,
Compassion from shame,
Grace from disappointment,
Courage from failure.
Showing up is our power.
Story is our way home.
Truth is our song.
We are the brave and brokenhearted.
We are rising strong.”