Lenten affirmation, day 22 (i think)

I am strong. I don’t often think that. I don’t often display that. It’s certainly not the first word I use to describe myself. But there it is. I am strong. I am tough-minded and resilient. I have been through some shit in this life and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. I make mistakes, but I try to learn from them. I face the consequences of my actions. I try to do what’s right even when it’s hard. I try to admit when I need help. These are all forms of strength. And I try not to mete out the pain that has been done to me to others. I try. I am trying…

Today, I am grateful for lozenges and naps that went a little longer than expected. I am greater for fiery leaders that communities can rally around. I am grateful for quiet leaders that hold communities together. I am grateful for people who learn not to act directly from the hurting places in their lives and instead act with selflessness. I am grateful for leftovers. I am grateful for visionaries who want to use their business acumen to improve the lives of others. I am grateful for weirdos and oddballs. I am grateful for people who relate or at least try to relate to what I am going through. I am grateful for signs of spring.

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