Coffee cheers from Texas y’all!
I saw this on social media yesterday and just LOVED it! See, I’ve been trained to forgive and reconcile, forgive and reconcile, forgive and reconcile. If someone slaps you on one cheek turn your face and let them slap the other. But, what I’ve learned the past few years is that you CAN forgive while NOT being a doormat. Boundaries are good. Boundaries are safe. Boundaries are necessary. Setting boundaries and removing yourself is ok. I have become increasingly empowered this year. In a very good way. In an ugly worm transforming into a beautiful butterfly sort of way. In a I’m a smart, beautiful, powerful, successful confident woman sort of way. And where the heck has this girl been all this time? I REALLY like her!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure that I can still get offended or get my feelings hurt. I’ve still got quite the past and issues to navigate as many others do. I didn’t just wake up in Disneyland. But as I’ve grown this year, the hurts I’ve experienced have only pushed me forward rather than held me back. They’ve made me wiser, smarter, more sensitive to others, and just happier y’all. The challenges brought me to a road less traveled and I discovered that I love this secret path. It’s like finding a hidden cave full of treasure you never would have known about if it hadn’t been for that annoying, inconvenient flat tire that left you stranded in the middle of the night on a dark and scary road alone.
So, I just had to journal this as a future reminder in case I find myself on a dark and scary road again. Look for the hidden caves and secret paths y’all.