Suffering is an option

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. -Haruki Murakami while i don't recall the moment i first heard haruki murakami's quote, i distinctly remember the feeling in my body. my jaw clenched and my shoulders rolled back and tightened as i began to embody a fighting stance. i was under attack and preparing myself for battle. i was ready to defend my suffering. i was set to argue against anyone who would dare try to take my limitations away....

3 steps to ease into new beginnings

For last year's words belong to last year's language, and next year's words await another voice. -TS Eliot new year. new beginning.  new chance. new opportunity.   for what?  reflection?  celebration?  flagellation?  punishment? conversations of what could have should have needed to do yet didn't get done? for many of us, the new year represents a time for judgment.   "geez i really screwed up last year-- thank goodness that's over....

Programmed to perform

This image effects me in a deep way... There is a tightening in my jaw. A tension in my neck. A dull, but present ache in my chest. Once I allowed the sadness to come and wash over me, I sat with my truth. The truth of what I saw in this picture. A version of my punisher. The part of me that does not like me. The part of me who spent years telling me that I would be worthy and valuable if - and only if - I achieved perfection. The part of me...

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