All this time
And still she finds herself
From time to time retreating,
Finding refuge in avoidance
Rather than the firmness
Of ground beneath her feet
Or the softness of skin
Holding her together
©Ashley Castle Barnes
No matter how much personal work I do, I find myself at times reverting back to old patterns.
Patterns that although I’ve learned ways are still etched in my way of being.
A smooth and well-worn path to follow.
And that’s what makes personal work so challenging. The smooth and well-worn path feels simpler. Safer. Comforting.
Etching those new paths into permanent existence is difficult. Painful. Harrowing at times.
And it takes time.
I don’t beat myself up anymore when I find myself on an old and well-worn path.
I acknowledge it, honor it, embrace the reminder that the desire for ease is human. It’s necessary.
And sometimes to find true ease, we have to forge a path through the hard stuff first.
What path are you forging today?