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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Enough


"Nothing heals us like letting people know our scariest parts: When people listen to you cry and lament, and look at you with love, it's like they are holding the baby of you."     Anne Lamott


I came across the above quote last week and it was one of those moments where i needed to pause and get quiet and let it seep into the deepest parts of me. 
 
And i remember thinking, in a tiny instant, i wish i had written that.  It so resonated. 
 
It's like holding the baby of you...isn't that what we all want?  To share our scariest parts and to still be looked at with love.  To be seen and heard and listened to.  To be loved in spite of all of our stuff. 
 
Maybe even because of all of our stuff.   
 
To let others hold the baby of us.  To not have to apologize, not even once. 
 
And now i'm reminded of those Pink Floyd lines (it's been a long while since i've listened to Pink Floyd but these line have always stuck with me)...
 
And if i showed you my dark side, would you still hold me tonight?  And if opened my heart to you, showed you my weak side, what would you do?
 
Often we're so busy trying; trying to appear wiser than we are, trying to appear more together than we are, trying to appear smarter than we are, more athletic, more motherly, more artistic, more organized, more centered, more easy going, more hip... 
 
Wouldn't it be nice if we could just Be.  Just who we are.  And let that be enough. 
 
No apologies. 
 
Not even one. 

4 comments :

  1. oh yes, it's a priceless experience. i recently made myself vulnerable and it was used against me. so those times when we are held as babies are to be cherished.

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  2. Yes, yes and more yes! Beautifully and perfectly said! I'll be coming back to this one!

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  3. yes..and why is this so difficult? i guess it's fear.

    love ann lamott & old floyd. :)

    what an awesome post.

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  4. Jules, this happens to me often, when I want to appear "more of something" then I am...It's a truly scary thing to be completely vulnerable to people, even if it's a close friend or even someone you don't know well. But what an amazing feeling it is when you are open completely that they still love and accept you. What a blessing can be.
    love u,Amy

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