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The Journey of Life - May 2017

By Carole Fawcett, Vernon, BC

“Perhaps early in life you adopted a thought about yourself that defined you as small, ugly, incapable or unlovable. Most of us did. And perhaps you went on to live as though that identity was true. And perhaps, like many, you collected a pool of tears in your heart and went through life hurting because you wished you could be more”. (Alan Cohen)

In our life journey I believe there are more experiences that unite us than divide us. How many of these statements can you relate to? 

I know what it is like to be born and to give birth.
I am intimate with the deep ache of loneliness.
I know what it is like to be loved.
I am proud to have sent others on a journey of love.
I have walked with fear and felt its paralyzing hold on me.
I am fortunate and grateful to have thoughtful and supportive friends.
I know what it is like to be so happy & grateful that I burst into tears as it is so completely overwhelming.
I know what it is like to sit at the bedside of someone I loved more than life itself and watch him die. 
I love walking in nature……..it feeds my soul and intensifies my connection to the life force of our planet.
I have shed enough tears to make my own ocean.
To be loved and trusted by a child is a gift.
I am blessed to have had unconditional love from a parent.
I have seen the venomous poison of hatred when I documented the life of a young man living with AIDS in the ‘80’s.
I love the uninhibited delight and glee of a child.
I know the hard work it takes to change what you think about yourself.
I know what it is like to be in an unhappy marriage and experience divorce.
I have been empowered by laughter and joy.
I know what it feels like to have low self esteem.
I have experienced depression.
I know what it is like to be in both physical and emotional pain separately and at the same time.
I know what it feels like to wake up in the morning and smile at the thought of the day ahead.
I know the feeling of helplessness when a child makes a life altering decision that leads them down a journey of pain.
I know what it is like to love and to be loved by a dog.
I know what it is like to be tolerated by a cat.
I know what it is like to be judged as ‘less than’.
I have walked with disability.
I have experienced indifference from people who were supposed to love me.
I have felt empowered and strong.
I know what it is like to laugh until I cry.
I know the frustration and fear of financial insecurity.
I have felt the judgment of those who do not understand nor approve of me because I will not conform to their notion of what they want me to be.
I know what it is like to have had 20 + blood transfusions in the 1980’s.
I know what it is like to feel the hurt of the world in my heart and not know what to do about it.
I am relieved and grateful to have survived many surgical procedures.
I know what it is like to be sexually harassed.
I know what it is like to have a loaded gun pointed at me.
My openness has made me vulnerable at times.
I know about power imbalances and how that can make you feel ashamed and ugly inside.
I know what it feels like to make a positive difference in someone’s life.
I have witnessed what abuse does to the soul of a human being.
I know what it is like to be so in love that I almost burst from the wonderfulness of it all.
I know what it is like to feel so weak that I could barely speak and that the only reason I was alive is because, thankfully, breathing is automatic.
I know what it is like to be judged only by what I look like and nothing else.
I know what it feels like to succeed.
I walk in happiness and joy.
Join me won’t you?

Carole FawcettCarole's Bio: Carole Fawcett is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Registered Professional Counsellor who believes that we all have the ability to self-heal the hurts of our life journey. Carole comes from a place of empowerment and gently assists her clients to find themselves through the power of their minds. Carole is a seasoned professional speaker and offers workshops on stress, laughter and life management. Carole is a member of several professional counselling and hypnotherapy organizations as well as the Professional Writers Association of Canada. 250-558-0688 - Carole Fawcett Website - Email

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