Our lives are made up of our many stories all intertwined, twisted and frayed. Some are clean; some soiled. Some are sweet and some are bitter. Rather than letting all the frayed ends of the tales that define us lay splayed and splintered, let's try to carefully weave these stories into one solid, braided rope of hope and strength.
We can pick up the tattered pieces of our neglected, abused, tormented selves and meld them together with the joyful experiences, peaceful moments and warm memories to create a solid, rough hewn rope of hope and promise for tomorrow's successes.
We cannot deny our past sadness and despair but we can embrace it as part of the fabric of our being and knowingly move forward continuing to weave a solid, secure life for ourselves composed of forgiveness and compassion for ourselves and those who have hurt us.
One day as we look back upon this journey called life, it would be heartwarming and gratifying to see a life well lived despite the harshness that defined some days.
We owe it to ourselves to carry on striving to remain in the present moment and to allow the grief of our past mistakes and struggles to gently move through us without definition or analysis. They just are.
Let's not concentrate too much on what the future holds. Each decision we make in the moment defines our future happiness so choose joy and acceptance of what is.
Let's make beautiful memories not based on what happens but on our reaction to what happens.
Let's choose joy.