Sticks and stones may break my bones
And words have always hurt me…
To all the people who called me stupid, a failure, unstable, not worthy, not good enough, too passive, annoying, and told me I would never become anything or be anyone…thank you.
It’s because of you I know the right way to treat people, I know who I don’t want to be, how to protect my heart, how not to waste my tears, how to let go, how to overcome, and how to be the rock that dances in the rain.
We’re shaped by our circumstances and the people in our lives, like rocks that experience harsh weather. You see, you were simply a raindrop, a piece of sand or dirt in the wind, a hand that dropped me, or a flood that carried me to different ground. Now you’re gone. No hand that dropped me will be allowed to carry me again, no piece of sand will scratch my surface twice, no flood will carry me back and no raindrop will test my strength.
I know some piece of your past has turned you into the hand and element that challenges its path with harsh words but I also know there is beauty in each of these things. Rain paints the sky in a promise to bring new life, floods remind us of life’s struggles, hands hold and shape tomorrow’s possibilities, and sand gives comfort to the ocean and all of its secrets while dirt holds life in its firm grasp. Beautiful things can be harsh and even that I am thankful for.
I am intelligent, hard working, kind, beautiful in God’s eyes, worthy, incredibly strong, good enough, respectful of others, compassionate and courageous and I am most definitely not a failure. Each morning I step out of my house and face every mountain thrown my way knowing things can and will go wrong. The comfort comes with knowing God is here leading my way.
When I was younger, I found myself believing that I was all the negative things I was called by people who were important to me and there were times people were right but the more I believed what I was told, the more I became that person, a person God did not create me to be. Today things are different. So thank you for shaping me into me, you turned me into the person you claimed I would never be.
“Make sure you don’t start seeing yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you. Know your worth even if they don’t.”
– Thema Davis
When the words hurt, just remember this…
If all your thoughts are left in yesterday, no matter how many days pass and how many steps are taken, you’re always living in the past. One foot in yesterday prevents you from being able to step into tomorrow without stretching yourself out.
If you must bring along something from yesterday in your journey to tomorrow, bring the rain but leave the tears you hid underneath it. Bring along the smile from the good and use it in the moments life hurts and tries its best to break you.
Pain is only temporary. It may last for a few minutes, hours, months, and even years until you can find something good to replace it…
However, if you give up, it’ll last forever…