Owning our stories of struggle

It takes courage to own our stories of struggle.

Not making them into a melodrama, but recognising the truth that life isn’t always easy.

And neither are we.

These stories start with us looking in the mirror and choosing not to airbrush the imperfections.

Nor making excuses, but instead choosing to love and be loved.

Because true love starts with true stories.

With skinned knees and bruised hearts;
we choose owning our stories of struggle,
over hiding, over hustling, over pretending.
When we deny our stories, they define us.

+ Brené Brown, excerpt from Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted, from Rising Strong, 2015

~ See the entire text in yesterday’s post: Just showing up is a great strength. And the cows? They came tumbling over the rickety fence into our valley over the weekend – now safely returned.