― Bonnie Friedman,
― Bonnie Friedman,
That’s the curse of being a writer. If I could show you the worlds inside me, the multiple dimensions all narrowing down to one single pin-head point – me – then you might understand. Not that I hold out hope. How can you comprehend a hundred worlds inside me, a thousand characters telling stories, clamoring to be heard.
I had invisible friends as a child. Everybody does. Friends with which I played and talked; friends who were inside me. But, I never outgrew my invisible friends. They grew away from me, into their own, but never left. Though many of them have merged and morphed into other characters or combinations, none are forgotten, not unless they have died in my imagination. And, truthfully, even not then. Some names of the dead have been lost, pushed out by the living, but the character is never forgotten.
Having a hundred characters inside my head, inside my body, is normal for me. I don’t understand how other people live without them. Stories are always spinning through my mind, one character or another settling over me as I walk or talk or work. I see through their eyes, talk through the mouths, hear through their ears. I touch through their skin.
Understand, when you talking to me, you are talking to both me and whatever character descends like a shroud over my being. Could I live without them? Without their stories. I don’t think so. I would be too alone in the silence.
Would I want to live without them, those names and faces which have carried me through so many days.
No, not even for you.
“If you are not afraid of the voices inside you, you will not fear the critics outside you. Besides, those voices are merely guardians and demons protecting the real treasure, the first thoughts of the mind.”
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If you feel angry or victimized and want justification for that, you will find confirmation. If you feel loving and caring and act with kindness and compassion, you will find that in the outer world. If you believe you are worthless and have no value, you will perceive or find validation for those beliefs. If you believe that you are strong, powerful, and magnificent, that…
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Grace vs. Excuses
My challenge for you this week is to simply decide which one you will choose—will you give yourself grace, or will you make excuses? In the end, the choice is up to you.
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The winter silence
from beyond the ridge
burrows into my eyes,
settles like the wings
of a grey heron sleeping.
In the dark
I can only see
the milky white of your
the imagined lines
that curve upwards
to your closed eyes–
are you really still there?
You stir, sigh
like a cat in a dream,
and curl up around me
like a mother
hugging her child
to keep from freezing.
“To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.”