Monday, June 2, 2014

honestly, i wanna see you be brave!

i am not feeling brave tonight. i am feeling insecure. but susan and i talk a lot about opposite action. this is where you take what you are feeling and act the opposite way - as long as it is skillful and helpful - to help you get into a better mood.

i was driving to cvs to pick up some prescriptions when the song 'brave' by sara bareilles came on. it really got my head moving and my mind thinking, 'you know what self, for so many reasons, you are brave!' and so i thought i'd list a few here.



i am brave because i have acne and i don't cover it up - i don't like it, but i don't let it hide me.

i am brave because i use my skills when i am in distress instead of self harming.

i am brave because i cry when i am hurting.

i am brave because i am compassionate to others who are suffering.

i am brave because i got a gym membership.

i am brave because i reach out to others even when i'm feeling anxious.

i am brave because i live with authenticity each day - it may not be pretty but it's real.

i am brave because i feel my emotions and let them rise and fall.

i am brave because i show up to counseling and group therapy even when i don't want to.

i am brave because i go to church.

i am brave because i search for meaning in life even in the pain.

i am brave because i write my story to help others and let them know they are not alone.

for these and so many other reasons, i am brave.

what makes you brave?

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