“Confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness. It takes strength to acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and to channel them into nonviolent outlets. It takes strength to face our sadness and to grieve and to let our grief and our anger flow in tears when they need to. It
takes strength to talk about our feelings and to reach out for help and comfort when we need it.”
– Fred Rogers
While sitting with a dear widow friend I met in the very first few months of losing our loves, we reflected on where our lives have gone over the past 5 years.
The things we’ve worked through. The things we still struggle with. The things we’ve faced head on. The things we’re still fearful to deal with.
It was in these conversations that I realized all the demons I’ve faced and conquered. All the things and individuals I’ve forgiven…..including myself. All the things to come that I now look forward to growing from and through…not that I’ll let bring me down.
All of these actions and changes, though, were prefaced by one important choice.
The choice to finally stand up and look in the mirror. The choice to finally question why your life is and what it could be if you chose to overcome and not to be overcome by.
It didn’t happen overnight for me. It’s an ongoing, day-to-day choice.
But it’s a choice we all have.
It’s a choice I’d highly recommend.
Because in reality it’s not so much a choice…
It’s your life.