can you do me a favor right now?
it won’t take long, I promise
stand in front of a mirror and tell me
what you see and be honest
maybe you’re seeing the wrinkles on your brow
or those laugh lines you hate so much
maybe you’re noticing gray roots along your hairline
or that your skin’s no longer smooth to the touch
maybe you’re seeing extra curves that shouldn’t be there
or your skin’s starting to sag it’s pitiful
maybe you’re thinking you’ve changed so much
and that you used to be so young and beautiful
but can you pause for a while with your thoughts
and look at your reflection with a softer gaze
allow a touch of kindness to sink in
let wisdom settle through the haze
for you are beautiful inside and out
with a lifetime of experience to draw from
you are amazing, you are worthy
you are as strong in spirit as they come
there’s so much more i want to say
maybe when you’re ready you can choose the words
like daring, feisty, and courageous
a woman living on her own terms
sure, you’ve stumbled and fallen
and then there’s the betrayal and heartache
but you are much stronger than he will ever know
and you’ll learn from every mistake
so when you look at that woman in the mirror again
i hope you take a step closer and say hello
for she is tough and downright amazing
and she’s the most beautiful woman I know.
i’ve finally decided to have a love affair
a heck of a surprising discovery
for while i was setting up a zoom call
i found someone beautiful looking back at me
maybe it was the lighting that played on her face
even if she was clearly in some drab kitchen
with fridge magnets spelling D I N N E R behind her
it took less than a minute… but i was smitten
there was warmth to her smile
a glint of mischief in her eyes
and when she said, why hello there stranger
i could tell she was funny, caring, and wise
i didn’t notice the wrinkles on her face
or the gray roots that she somehow missed
all i saw was a woman who glowed from the inside
someone who was grateful to exist
how i wanted to be just like her
a woman so confident in her own skin
that’s when she said, oh dear heart but i am you
and you already have everything you need within
some days, it can be tough
when we realize we’ll never be enough
for the world that’s waiting out there
demanding that we be perfect and live a life with flair
gain more followers! build up your likes!
do something original, they say, and watch your numbers spike!
but as uncertainty creeps in and you wonder what you’re doing wrong
it’s easy to forget that once you turn everything off, you’re still as strong
as you were in the morning before you took it all in—anxiety and self-doubt—
time to kick those naysayers out
for you’re okay just the way you are with your easy smile and gentle heart
so come sit with me a while, it’s time for a fresh start 🙂
What does it take to rebuild a life
when you don’t even know where to begin?
When the only foundations you ever knew
were faulty and unsteady, and always had been?
Where do you start picking up the pieces
when there is nothing left but blurred memories
of people and places and things that you’ve all done
everyone looking down at the same abyss?
Who do you turn to in the night
when everyone seems just as lost as you are?
Where can you find the strength to start again
find the courage to look up, maybe even look at the stars?
So how does one do it?
How does one become reborn?
How can we rebuild what was once broken
And stop reaping the evil that was sown?
via Rebuild — The Daily Post