The Awakening, Part One of Three Parts
This is long but worth considering for whatever life we are living. A couple of gender + clothing size changes + it will work for men too.
A time comes in your life when you finally get it. When in the midst of all your fears + insanity, you stop dead in your tracks + somewhere the voice inside your head cries out ¡ ENOUGH ! Enough fighting + crying or struggling to hold on. And, like a child quieting down after a blind tantrum, your sobs begin to subside, you shudder once or twice, you blink back your tears + through a mantle of wet lashes, you begin to look at the world through new eyes.
This is your awakening.
You realize that it's time to stop hoping + waiting for something to change or for happiness, safety + security to come galloping over the next horizon. You come to terms with the fact that he is not Prince Charming + you are not Cinderella + that in the real world there aren't always fairy tale endings ( or beginnings for that matter ) + that any guarantee of ' happily ever after ' must begin with you + in the process, a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.
You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect + that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are... + that's OK ( they are entitled to their own views + opinions ). You learn the importance of loving + championing yourself + in the process a sense of newfound confidence is born of self-approval.
You stop bitching + blaming other people for the things they did to you ( or didn't do for you ) + you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected. You learn that people don't always say what they mean or mean what they say + that not everyone will always be there for you + that it's not always about you. So you learn to stand on your own + to take care of yourself + in the process a sense of safety + security is born of self-reliance.
You recognize that you only succeed in greatly diminishing your personal spiritual growth potential each time you subconsciously think + consequently behave in a way to try to make others feel less than, not as good as, you are, in order to try to make yourself feel more than, better than, they are, in a vain attempt to feel more comfortable in your own skin.
You discover that one way of accepting yourself is to accept others, including those with qualities you find unacceptable in yourself. So you stop unconsciously seeking relief from your own character defects by projecting them onto others.
You stop judging and pointing fingers + you begin to accept people as they are, not as you would have them be + to overlook their shortcomings + human frailties + in the process a sense of peace + contentment is born of forgiveness. You realize that much of the way that you view yourself + the world around you, is as a result of all the messages + opinions that have been ingrained into your psyche. And you begin to sift through all the crap you've been fed about how you should behave, how you should look + how much you should weigh, what you should wear + where you should shop + what you should drive, how + where you should live, + what you should do for a living, who you should sleep with, who you should marry + what you should expect of a marriage, the importance of having + raising children or what you owe your parents.
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