Our job is to love ourselves.
Not just the shiny, good and admirable traits but the rough, gritty, less-than-acceptable ones as well.
To let others love them and ignore the mud slingers of the world.
The dark side emerges every now and again, as it must for us all.
Don't be confused every light casts a shadow. We all share the burden of limitations, sticky zones and struggles.
The shame spiral induced from the shadow is a whole other entity of its own. Shame is a self-elected punishment always eager to contribute
Just for today-
notice your growing edges but don't dwell on them.
Dwelling is a one way ticket to a self-induced hell. One where self-obsession replaces your ability to see, participate in, and enjoy life.
Instead ride the wave. Notice your shadow. Love it. Thank it. And move on. Who you are is flawless, brittle, bold, and all.
I had my shadow to tea today. Turns out she's alive and well. We will be continuing on our adventure together but I won't be swimming in a sea of shame.