On the heels of the article about bullying - and images of hate and unhappiness in homes, schools, camps, police stations everywhere and countless other places - comes this week's article about love. Love and the courage to grow.
Facing your past is not easy. It requires great courage.
But the rewards are great. Freedom. Confidence. Trust - trust in others because of trust in yourself.
This man, Tupac Shakur, who is a shining hero for so many of our youth, had the courage to face his own past and to try and help others who were walking in his shoes. His beautiful book of rap poetry The Rose That Grew From Concrete is well worth a read.
The following poem is an example of the amazing goodies that arrive in email inboxes sometimes! Check it out...
The path to healing is one which leads into discomfort
There is no easy way to open old wounds without allowing them to bleed
And pain is so often the price of awareness, wisdom and love
Warriors may choose to walk alone - experiencing life’s dramas with power and fortitude
Crying in silence and dying in isolation
They become the heroes – the glorified
But rarely the loved
Love comes in sharing, watching, feeling and allowing my pain to mix with yours
It is in these shared experiences I find my strength to face life’s dramas with faith and confidence
For I am not alone
Your tears have become my strength, my courage to let go of my own
I treasure the tears we have share just as I treasure our joy
It leads me down my path less afraid to bleed
Taking the steps to healing – not dying in isolation
Worn and torn and LOVED!