Instructions to My Smaller Self

Instructions to My Smaller Self March 25, 2019

When hurt, it’s important to scream. Just don’t pray to the scream. When sad, it’s important to grieve. Just don’t build a kingdom of your loss. When falling through whatever you thought would last, admit, “I’m lost and confused.” Just don’t map the world as lost and confused. And when riding the wave, however it appears, feel the strength in you released. Just don’t believe the strength comes from you alone. But most of all, when listening to others, say, “This may be so.” Then look for yourself at what life is painting with all its colors.

 

A Question to Walk With: What instructions would you give to your smaller self?

This excerpt is from my book, Things That Join the Sea and the Sky (Sounds True, 2017).

 

*Photo credit: George Keating

 

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