Had you met me 5 years ago you wouldn't recognize me. Aside from physical changes I have had major personality changes.
Changes in the way I receive and perceive the world and those in it.
I have become softer to those around me, and those who aren't.
My choices in the company I keep is wildly different. Yet it changed without me knowing it.
I try hard to believe in people and see the good but am quicker now to close people out that are heavily judgemental.
I'm not perfect by any means, and never expect others to be. But we should all strive to be the best versions of ourselves.
A single act can change the way we see everyone around us, even those we've known for years, and surprise us.
We make choices to let people go or close people out. Not because they are not worth our kindness but because negative energy breeds negative energy and we have to steal ourselves from that environment in order to be open to those who we can help flourish and those who will help us.
But a day will come when all of a sudden you realize how much you have grown, how different you are from the person you used to be, and it will surprise you.
Don't fear such a change though, growth is a natural part of our lives and growth is always to be celebrated in a positive light. Embrace it, love it, cherish it.
Be in love with a different you❤
to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you've held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.
Ellen Bass ❤️. . . .