Gentling is the sixth guest post in a series called “Your Life in Progress.” In this series we hear from other women like you and I – women who are learning to love and care for themselves well. They are taking risks, making mistakes, trying new things and letting others go, sometimes struggling, but ultimately pursuing beautiful, gentle lives of purpose, health & JOY.
I’ve proved the power of Self-Talk for decades,
and have often
beaten myself with a viciousness
that I would never unleash
on anyone else.
I have begun to use this super-power
to beat the Bully at her own game.
I speak to myself
as I would to my own daughter,
to up build, encourage,
to praise my efforts and
accomplishments. Usually silently, but
often aloud, I am developing a
with my ‘most constant companion’…
and I have seen an immediate
response from this angry, much maligned child.
Each kind word that I direct to her
brings growing strength and joy.
Instead of resenting effort,
I am beginning to welcome it,
as I see myself meeting challenges,
reaching goals, slowly getting
I have actually started
to feel a fondness…
Thank you, Marianne, for “Gentling”. How your words speak to me!
Marianne Peace Rumball is a storyteller, whittler of walking sticks, and Crone-in-Training, living in Cache Creek, BC. She writes at soapboxjournals.blogspot.ca.