“I am not my mistakes.”

“I am not my mistakes.”

What happens when you sit in a room with 350 people from all over the world?  We nod polite hellos in the hall but mainly pay attention to the program leaders for our own personal learning and growth.  At the end of Day 2, we are in small groups of 10, and we are strangers to one another, yet asked to answer the question, “Who Am I?”

A beautiful young woman from Europe courageously declared through tears:  “I still don’t know who I am, but I do know who I am not.  I am not a mistake and I am not my mistakes. I’m more than that.”  W-O-W!  This painting of mine is a reminder to us all how resilient and capable we all are of weathering storms in our lives, if we do the work.

It reminded me of Rule #6 in my book “10 Little Rules For Your Creative Soul”… Reframe Your Beliefs in Sand or in Marble.  It’s amazing to think of ocean waves washing away the bad things that we just don’t want.  You don’t even have to physically write the bad memories in the sand, just image it.  Sit back and watch the waves erase it.  It’s gone, like it never happened.

If you are feeling stuck, try reframing your story.  Yep, you can do that.  You don’t need anyone’s permission to let go of what does not work for you, and may not even be true.

Moments and Memories

Rita Long Art

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