The Third Blessing: Strength

Blessing #3: I am Strong

As I have reached this point in my life-journey, I am simply amazed at the various and difficult circumstances I’ve gone through in 5 decades. I have survived bullying, incest, sexual abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, stalking, drug addiction, alcoholism, two broken engagements, and more. So much loss, pain, and heartache. Too much for a blog! Dark places, ugly places, scary places. Heartbreaking places. Terrifying places. Some places that I thought, in the moment, I would not survive. But I did. And though I was once a victim, I became a survivor. A warrior!

But I do hold the memories of those times and, more importantly, the lessons learned as incredibly valuable.

The one thing they have in common is that they are all in the past.  I used to shut these memories down and try to just stuff them away. That doesn’t work, by the way- the patterns created will continue to replay in your life until you deal with them. With the help of amazing friends, some great coaches and a lot of work, I have since learned how to successfully integrate these various stages of my self, heal them, and love them. Heal me. Love me! My narrative has changed from Victim to Warrior, from Broken to Beautiful.

You have a story too, uniquely your own. No tear you’ve shed is wasted, no scar you bear is useless.

I invite you to take a deep breath, release it, and say it with me:

“I AM STRONG. I AM STRONG PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY, AND EMOTIONALLY. I HAVE OVERCOME SO MANY DIFFICULT SITUATIONS, CIRCUMSTANCES, AND CHALLENGES IN MY LIFE. EACH AND EVERY EXPERIENCE HAS MADE ME A LITTLE BIT STRONGER. WHEN I FALL DOWN, I GET BACK UP. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME! I AM STRONG.”

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