Thank you Kathy Brunner for your introduction. I loved your post and how dedicated you are to raising awareness of things we would rather not see. You have such depth and yes, fire! I am honored to have been invited to participate in this "blog hop" with such amazing bloggers from around the world. I am also humbled, and after much reflection and meditation, the following came to me. This is different than what I usually write, but as always, this is from the soul. I hope it speaks to you.
Sometimes I wish you could stop and see that you've already realized your dream. Now you have a new dream and it is good to not stand still but I do want you to take a step back and revel in how far you have come. I want you to look back and see where you were. Remember the person you were and cherish the incredible person you are now.
Sometimes I wish you could see past the brave, confident woman I portray myself to be and know that I am not much different than you are. I learned to be a fighter, I didn't have a choice. I have a perfectly molded mask I wear when the need is there. Sometimes, I don't know when to take it off. That's when I wish I was more like you.
Sometimes I wish there wasn't a reason to learn all I did, as a lot of that learning came from a lot of pain. When I remember, I can feel the sharp edges of emotion like a perfect storm descending upon me from different directions. I don't believe in regrets or what if's- but sometimes I wish I could write my own story from the beginning; starting fresh with blank white pages.
Sometimes I wish all of these things, and then I realize, once more, that I am who I am meant to be, and so are you. The person who I am is a culmination of the experiences I have had, what I have learned from them and how God used it all to shape what is now a life full of meaning and purpose. Through it all, God left me with a soft heart, so I could know others' pain and support them through. I stand up for what I believe in and I fight for others who cannot fight for themselves. Yet I still have this soft heart, and when I pay a price for standing up and stepping out, it can hurt a lot. Sometimes I wish my heart didn't feel so heavy, but I praise God that it is full. I can say that I have really lived, I have known such deep pain, but I have also know incredible feelings of joy. I think back to C.S. Lewis' "Shadow Lands,"the story of his own life. C.S. Lewis played it safe for many years, until the American poet Joy Gresham stole his heart. The story is one of finding true happiness; the love of a lifetime, and also of suffering the devastating loss of that love. We risk pain every time we try, every time we step out. I love his quote that pain rouses a deaf world.
And now we move on from me and "The Spirit In Me" in Southern Georgia, to Patricia in the U.K. Patricia is a gentle spirit who uses her struggles to reach out to others in a deep and profound way. I was delighted to read her 7 part blog and peruse the unique and inspirational style that is hers. I am sure you will enjoy reading Patricia's writing. To go to Pat's post (click here.)