The last few weeks have been a slow roller coaster. My moods have traveled up and down, and longer in the downs. This week I’ve settled, a blessed relief.
I could list the reasons, but it’s easier to simply list ‘life’.
I am exactly like my son when he was five years old.
It was a tough day at school (kindergarten is not always easy), and he came home angry. He didn’t want to talk, and he bashed his way around the house until I became angry too. Better we separate when we’re both angry. I told him to go to his room. I stayed in the kitchen.
I listened as he stomped away, as his door slammed, as the noise and activity level in his bedroom peaked, then quieted.
After a few minutes, concern and curiosity led me down the hallway. I knocked on his door, then opened it.
He looked at me, mourning written all over him. “Mom, I’ve tried everything and nothing makes me feel better.”
The evidence of his effort lay all around him, on the floor and the bed. Toys, Lego pieces, stuffed animals, his favourite blanket. He had tried so hard. My upset dissolved in an instant.
Love is what I gave my precious son that day, and received love back. We sat on his bed and hugged, held hands, talked about nothing important. We had all the time in the world.
I’ve tried and nothing makes me feel better–I know that place.
Luckily, I am now old enough I’ve learned what to do.
I don’t push the feelings away. I don’t try to make myself better. I’m upset for a reason and my feelings are broadcasting what and why. I need to feel and listen, so I do. I put on music, or let the house be silent , wrap myself in my favourite blanket, cocoon myself on the couch, become still. An hour or a day, I feel and listen. I treat myself gently, a precious being broken and hurting and needing love.
Love is what I give myself when I am hurting and needing. Love and all the time in the world. Love fills the cracks and mends the breaks. Love tells me I am something precious, and makes me whole again.
My son doesn’t remember that day, but I do always. He gave me the most perfect gift of feeling and understanding what keeps us whole. Love. Love. Love. Love.
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I didn’t always know how to love myself. I still forget sometimes, but each time the gap is smaller. Dee Wallace’s Red Dot Exercise is one of the things that helped me learn what unconditional self-love feels like.
My experience doing the Red Dot Exercise is here on my blog, postings from December 23 and 24, 2014:
Dee’s website is at https://iamdeewallace.com/