Just concluded the most challenging week outside a hospital.
We chose to show up. We were vulnerable in public. Still showed up. Scared. Shaking. Staving off tears with strangers in a closed room. Stayed there.
We didn’t want all that blood drawn and the pain from the shot. Still showed up and did it.
We didn’t want to see that man, and we helped him.
Therapist said sometimes just bearing witness is the most powerful action we can take.
We don’t gender conform in subtle ways. Showed up anyway.
Was scared of getting too physically close to someone who’s safe. Did it anyway.
Suffering a lot. Clinging to past. Craving relief. Avoiding unsatisfying feelings. Striving to be past all this.
And also trying to FACE it:
- Feel the tough feelings
- Accept them
- Compassionately respond
- Expect effective options