Mantra Monday – Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

This was my Papa Joe’s go to prayer. He was a recovering alcoholic. If you understand addiction, you know that you never recover, you just maintain the faith. He was 21 years sober when he passed. When he found God, he found a strength he didn’t know he had. That prayer saw him through a lot of hard times. I hope it will see someone else through as well. Good night WordPress. I’ll see you tomorrow.

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Mantra Monday – The Dark Side

Every one of us has a side of us that we try to suppress and typically we are good at it. But there are times when we can’t bat down the voices and allow that side to take over for a short time.

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I’ll be the first to say that I spend a lot of my time on the darker side of myself. This side of us is intriguing and seductive, you know, because of the cookies. But the cookies aren’t always worth it. The cookies are dangerous, or unhealthy, or socially wrong. The cookies can cause trouble and who wants that? But for those of us who have embraced our dark sides and the luscious cookies, we have trouble seeing the light, the positive, the good, because the truth is…

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Mantra Monday – #3

It has come to my attention that I need to believe in myself more. But I can’t help but stop and think, what does it mean to believe in yourself?

I’ve learned in the past weeks that sometimes, you need a friend to have your back, even when you don’t, when doubt and fear conquer your heart, mind, and soul, when you can’t believe in yourself.

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I’ve learned that even with millions of people routing for you and cheering you on, that if you don’t believe in your work, it won’t matter. What matters is your self-worth and belief in yourself. Until you can believe in yourself, you won’t feel successful in anything you do, even if others say otherwise.

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And finally, I’ve learned that you can’t learn to believe in yourself if you constantly compare yourself to others. To truly believe in yourself and your work, you have to BE YOU! You have to “Do You,” as my students would say.

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I write because I love writing. I’ve never done it for an audience, I’ve never done it for acclaim. But I do have to admit, I love WordPress and the friendships I have been able to accumulate here, with like-minded people, who push me with amazing challenges, with getting out of the box I have hauled myself into, with beautiful prose and poetry that touches my heart and makes me want to do better, with sweet and sincere words of encouragement and belief. Thank you my friends for believing in me, and a special thanks to Ben, Felicity, Kat and Victory. I believe in you too.