Stories

July 29, 2017 - Never Give Up – Find Your Way Home

Soundtrack to the movie, ‘Lion’.  See previous posts,  ‘Let’s Go Girls’  and ‘Elastic Heart’.

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October 10, 2016 - Invitation

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Art Therapist, Claudia Richards and myself will talk on the topic of ‘Creativity In Recovery’ at an event held at Princess Margaret Childrens Hospital organised by Bridges Eating Disorder Association for Mental Health week.  Bridges invites individuals, carers, clinicians and community members interested in recovery from negative body image and eating disorders.

When?  This Thursday 13th October. 5-6.30pm

Where?  Princess Margaret Childrens Hospital, Conference Room, Psychological Medicine, Princess Margaret Hospital, Roberts Road, Subiaco.

RSVP:  info@bridges.net.au

FREE event.  Please pass this on…

Image from book, ‘In My Room’.

June 28, 2016 - For Rubbish Self Esteem

 

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Thanks for this one Mags.  We think it belongs to Ruby Etc?  Pass it to encourage a more realistic loving liking of self….

May 22, 2016 - To Bullying

Poem by Shane Koyczan.  See the Interview on ABC.

April 6, 2016 - Switch The Meaning

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March 2, 2016 - My Place

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My Place .

Truth is my sanctuary.  A place I enter by trusting there is another place I can be.

It’s slow.  A little reclusive.

Painful and confronting because I’m keeping company with emotions I’ve spent my life trying to escape.

Vulnerable, because I’m sitting in my insecurities.  Pursuing what I deeply care about.

Disturbing, because life, through the eyes of truth, reveals both the beauty and the beast of it.

Overwhelming, due to the acceptance of personal responsibility to create a life that soothes the pain of truth – nurtures new growth.

Lonely, from conceding that ultimately it is self-reliance that will create and secure my destiny.

Sad, from accepting my past is over.

Compassionate, from the realisation that I cannot effortlessly accept myself.  And acknowledging the degree of consciousness it’s going to take to be content with who I am.

Liberated, because the time has come to move – and from having the freedom to explore what awaits.

A stillness, from reaching a place where I feel more comfortable being different than fitting in.  Where I feel a calm but intensely emotional sense of coming home.

Footnote:

Written pre-2006.  Showed a friend this poem many years ago.  She said she was sorry this was how I felt and hoped one day I’d find peace and happiness.  For me, the poem wasn’t a downer – more a revelation.   Liberating.  When you’ve lived a life hiding and surpressing emotion and truth it’s such a breakthrough when you sit with it, allow yourself to ‘feel’ again, and emerge in a better, stronger place.  I’m not sure you find real peace and joy by constantly hanging out with happiness.  But when you break the constraints of keeping secrets and pretending to be okay – that’s when the light comes on.

See previous posts/poems on this theme.  The Crossing  Illuminate the Darkness.  Dancer and The Following Dark.   Hold On (being there for someone who is feeling intensely).  Being a Heroic FriendThe New BraveBoy Oh Boy.  Robin Small is comfortable being vulnerable and wearing his hurts.  This Rose is curious about feelings.  This Army of Ink is protesting about smiley faces.   The Black Dog Story.  Pass it on …

Poem from book, ‘In My Room’.   Artwork Ash Browne.  Design Harley Manifold.