Remember when you were a toddler, and you began to say your very first words? Remember how proud you were when you could see something, and finally identify it and call it out by name, such as…

Ball! 

Or

Bird!

{Yah, me neither. Don’t worry, I’m sure that’s totally normal.}

Just roll with it…

I would imagine this new skill was immensely satisfying. Not only were you able to identify all the “things” – but you could finally connect with others about what you were seeing in the world. 

You knew that other people identified the things the same way you did.

“Yes! I SEE THAT TOO!”

They understood.

How powerful!

Fast forward forty-two years and here I am, experiencing a similar epiphany. Except, rather than things, I am identifying feelings. In turn, two amazing things are happening –

First, I feel empowered.  Something about identifying a feeling (or an underlying cause of a feeling) and calling it out for what it is – it is incredibly freeing. Owning how you feel and writing it down as I’ve been doing, it helps to release the grip of these sometimes crippling feelings. Slowly, they begin to lose their power over you, as you say…

I see you for what you are, now run along!

(Okay, maybe not Run, but…Limp? Crawl? Forward motion is the goal, no matter how slowly or quickly we may proceed at times.)

Second, I’m connecting with others who identify these feelings the same way I do. There’s a light of recognition, I imagine not unlike when we first called out – Ball! Or Bird

Except I’m calling out – Anxiety! Sadness! Longing! Fear! Vulnerability! LOVE!!

And you are saying, 

“Yes! I FEEL THAT TOO!”

You understand

HOW POWERFUL! 

So many beautiful messages, I have received throughout this process. Long messages with the intent to call out the feelings for what they are, and to heal. 

It is so beautiful.

So, thank you. Thank you to those of you who have been brave enough to publicly comment. Thank you to those of you who have been brave enough to bear your souls to me in private messages. I am so honored that you trust me with your stories. Thank you to those of you who are quietly reading, and therefore witnessing this process. I feel you here, too. It means more to me than you may ever know. 

Thank you for coming along for the ride.

Hop in, we’ve saved you a seat…

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