Me in the Middle ~ WordPrompt ~ June

“The eagle opened its wings and circled up into the air”

OPEN ~ unfold or be unfolded; spread out.

The WordPress WordPrompt for June is OPEN.

For me, the word OPEN has an accepting and welcoming feel to it. Life experience has taught me that it’s good to be accepting and welcoming of the lives, opinions and choices of others as long as I don’t lose my own integrity. Being open to life as it is and living in that worldly reality needs boundaries that protect our own life and our own reality. To Openly embrace the reality of the world and humanity while standing courageously in what we’ve learned in our own life is the definition of OPEN. To hold space for ourselves and others as our lives unfold. This is freeing! It leaves us open to learn and understand while still deciding where we fit into that learning and understanding. This is freedom!

“Open your eyes! Look within! Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?”

~Bob Marley ~

“Be open minded but not so open minded that your brains fall out!”

~ Groucho Marx ~

“The open heart sees, feels and absorbs the beauty of the world.”

~ Sonia Choquette ~

Me in the Middle ~ WordPrompt ~ May

“You never know how STRONG you are, until being STRONG is your only choice.”

~Bob Marley ~

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.”

Brené Brown

Being Strong

A deeply moving Reblog. I could see and embrace my own journey as I read JoAnna’s  post ~ Being Strong.  It’s wonderful to see a woman (or man) look back and recognize that they truly chose to be strong. ❤

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“You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.” Bob Marley

I discovered this quote at Behind the White Coat: https://doctorly.wordpress.com/2016/07/27/%e2%80%8bwho-knew-a-broken-blue-sky/ 

I like that Bob Marley quote. But I believe we always have a choice. There are many times when I’ve felt like I had to be strong, like for my kids after the divorce. I could have fallen apart, but I didn’t, at least not in front of the kids. I didn’t give up because I had a responsibility to my children. And I didn’t want to hurt my parents.

Deep down, I knew there was the possibility that things could better though I did not know how.

I could have been stronger and not gotten involved in that rebound from hell, but in my grief, I made some poor choices. There were may points of choice along the way. Ultimately, thankfully, I made…

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