Happy #ForgivingFridays everyone! Yay! This is an opportunity for YOU to share about forgiveness & post about it ANY DAY this week! You can post a poem or a photo (even ones of your cat like one of this week’s contributors), or you can write about what happens when you “listen to yourself” like I did. Or whatever inspires your creativity! (See guidelines below ❤ )
Today’s Forgiving Fridays is loving myself with a big decision to make, and that home is inside of me.
Yesterday, I decided to move from my current home. This is a really big deal for me.
When I was growing up, my home life was pretty chaotic. A mom who was mentally ill, not seeing my Dad very much, an eating disorder …. Funny, I thought I was “over” this, and as I wrote down those things, I am aware that somewhere inside, I still carry shame.
That somehow I deserve not to be nurtured. Well, that makes how I came to this decision to move even more beautiful. I went to the garden and sat in a peaceful corner with yellow bamboo behind me and foliage and a pond before me. I spoke to the little girl inside, and I asked her what she needed.
She told me. She had never before been asked where she wants to live, and I am listening. THAT is my safe space. I did forgiveness. And gave myself a hug. Once I did this, I got very clear that it is time to move on into something new. (OMG)
Here’s the video I just did on it!
My parents did the best that they could. I forgive myself for judging them and set them free. Most importantly, I forgive myself for judging myself as bad for how I grew up, and I am committed to loving me.
As I sat in that garden, I took a photo of my feet! I was wondering what I was doing. Now I know – I trust myself. I am creating a solid foundation in me every time I listen, so that every step I take is full of love.
I am so grateful for all of you who contribute to Forgiving Fridays. I learn from you! Here are this week’s contributions:
Etta of Simply Etta D. gave us a beautiful invitation to dress as beautiful as we feel.
Stella of Giggles and Tales shared fantastic steps on letting go of worry and forgiving ourselves.
Bella of ThoughtsnLifeBlog contributed a wonderful series of quotes on forgiveness.
DeBorah of Roaming Urban Gypsy created a collage of photos with a theme of self-love – so creative!
And a new contributor: 🙂
Emily of Zombie Flamingos did a post on her cat Elliot. She takes great kitty photos, and we shared how the beauty of her photography is a powerful form of forgiveness and letting go.
I wrote a poem on listening if you’d like to read it. (See below.) I’d love to hear your poetry and other creative ways of claiming the love inside of you, and forgiving and letting go for Forgiving Fridays! You are such a Light.
I love you.
ps – I’m offering a free online class today “Self-Forgiveness and Relationships”. We’re going to practice listening & loving ourselves in relationship. You are welcome to join! Register here.
Here are the guidelines of #ForgivingFridays:
- Every day is Friday! Do a post today or anytime this week.
- Be creative – there’s LOTS of space for your expression! Write a poem, take a photo, post a quote, share your story … what opens your heart?
- Tag your post with #ForgivingFridays
- Create a pingback link to this post so I can find you.
- Have fun – you are awesome!!
Here’s the poem on Listening:
It’s not of
You that you find
It is not no not, no
not, is this what
you say to yourself?
Do you listen? Do
to your heart’s true
words? What, oh
Beloved, do they —-
say? Is it, please,
please heal help
the preacher does
not have the love,
it is You. Listen,
love, be still,
and know that
in the LOVE you
give, the listen
will heal the
hurt. It is