When confronted with 'heavy waters'
'Stormy seas', 'slippery slopes', 'quicksand' …...
Sheesh! I'm not adding another metaphor!
But, however you eloquently qualify it,
Consider for a moment, a mere moment
Your precise breath - in – out – in – out – in – out
And focus on some tiny part of your body
A thumbnail, a blue vein, a freckle – anything.
(Even a navel, if handy.)
It is a part of 'you', and 'only you'.
Never before made, never to be reconstructed.
And then, somehow, something 'focuses'.
Remind yourself of more than yourself!
A bug at the window glass, a plant on the sill.
The click of heels along the pavement.
A trash truck grinding down the street.
Remember the harbour scene you painted years ago
With a cheap brush and a slim tray of colours.
Not really good, but you actually DID it.
Or the notepaper picture of three cows
Hanging their heads over a stone wall
Looking right at you.
On the kitchen wall to look at every day.
You couldn't pass the rack on the side walk
Because you were HOOKED!
Or the family photo so dear to you,
Smiles greeting all who enter your home.
Self-denigration is not a great pumper-upper.
Think of yourself with pleasure and pride.
No one is better than you, nor less.
Different – of course - but better or less?
No - simply - No.
No one or no thing dictates who you are.
Thinking is powerful either way.
It's worth consideration.
You are in charge.