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Mittwoch, 7. Oktober 2015

WHAT THEY TAUGHT YOU...


They taught you
that you were small.
They told you
that you were incomplete, limited.
That there was something missing.
Some deficiency. Something 'wrong' with you.
(They believed in 'right' and 'wrong').
That you were 'less than'.
And others were 'more than'.

They sold you a lie.
They fed you a nightmare.
That love was conditional.
That you had to work for it.
Earn it. Be 'good enough' for it.
That the source of your self-worth
existed outside of you.
And was outside of your control.
And was dependent upon
doing better.
Being faster. Smarter. Louder. Quieter.
Being taller, prettier, more accomplished.
Achieving better grades.
Climbing high. Descending when told.
Making more. Having more.
Money. Certificates. Titles.
Praise. Applause.
Building a better image.
Constructing a better me.
A better version.
An upgrade.
It was all a lie.
You were loveable exactly as you were.
In your original form.
From the beginning, you were whole.
And complete.
And worthy.
Worthy of love.
Worthy of good quality attention.
Worthy of empathy.
Worthy of safety.
Worthy of dignity, respect.
Your feelings mattered,
even the uncomfortable ones.
Your body was beautiful,
even with its imperfections.
Your voice was sacred,
even when they didn't agree.
Your success mattered,
but your failures were also pure.
Your world mattered.
Your being mattered.
Your in-breath mattered.
Your out-breath too.
They taught you that you were small.
They told you that you were incomplete, limited.
That there was something missing.
Some deficiency. Something wrong with you.
That you were 'less than'.
And others were 'more than'.
They were mistaken, always.
Yet forgive them, Father;
they knew not what they were doing;
for they were taught the same.
- Jeff Foster www.linvingwithoutacentre.com
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