You had the beginning of something in your hands

‘You haven’t slept in days, the ‘what ifs’ keeping you up. What if somebody listened; what if somebody helped. What if blood were an amorphous shape you could hold.’

Thank you to Tuck Magazine for sharing this poem, written in response to the Florida shooting and the silence among legislators in response. CLICK HERE to read more of “You had the beginning of something in your hands,” and be sure to check out the rest of the wonderful work at Tuck Magazine.

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© 2018 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

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What Truly Matters

You are standing on a sports field with a line of strangers. The grass is just mowed, damp from the morning rain. Gnats are gathering at your ankles, and the sun is shining on your back. The warmth leaves a trickle of sweat down your shirt, but you stay still, listening to the man before you.

“Take a step forward,” the man calls, standing bald and boxy at 5’11. “For every time you said ‘good’ when someone asked how you were doing this week.”

For those of you at home, count your steps in deep breaths.

 “And take a step forward,” he continues, “for every time you tried to hide your tired eyes in skin-colored makeup.”

You listen, and respond with a step.

“Take another step for every moment this week that didn’t go as you planned.”

You walk and walk, until you are circling back across the field.

“And reach your arms to your body in a hug for every time things went their own way, and you followed that new track.”

Chances are, you are not the only one standing in self-embrace at this moment. Chances are, you are not the only one with your arms still at your side. Chances are, where you stand at this moment doesn’t matter. But it’s easy to forget, in seeing where others stand, that this is really the case. We look out for comparison. Are we good? Are we right? Are we keeping up with the pack? We look down at ourselves to see what could be different, perhaps better. We wonder how all of our decisions amounted to this present state. Could we have decided differently?

And we get stuck in a cycle of self-doubt.

If only I were different. If only I knew then what I know now. If only. If only.

If only we would stop! And see that where we are is okay. Because this is what is. This is reality. No, it’s not the same as our neighbor’s reality. And often, it’s not where we hoped we would be at this time in our lives. But oh, boy, is our reality filled with opportunity!

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You lost someone from your life?

Okay. It happened, and now you have a chance to be that energy and strength for yourself.

You faced a roadblock in your job?

Fantastic! The hard part is over, and now you can really, truly grow. Real fulfillment comes from challenge and perseverance anyways!

The reality is, when we get lost in doubt, comparisons, cycles of what ifs, we forget what truly matters: We are powerless. The world, the people around us are not ours to control. AND, in the absence of control, we can find the strength to let life change course, and to still choose to move forward.

So take a deep breath with me, and look into a mirror. Notice your eyes, the authenticity coming from beneath that mask we so often wear. And say aloud – yes, aloud! – “I am powerless, AND I have such strength.”

You are here. And here is good, because here and now is simply what is.

 

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Your Guide To Living A Valued Life

Explore your values where A Smile Blooms.

Stop by my Etsy shop for you newest Self Discovery Workbook! The Self Discovery Workbook for living a valued life is designed to provide encouragement, motivation, and tools to help you discover and embrace your values – at home, at work, at school. This workbook is designed with you in mind and will provide the motivation and insight you need to transform your life to one glowing in value.

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WHO IS THIS WORKBOOK FOR?

You! This workbook is ideal for use at home or with a counselor. The exercises are of value to everyone – those seeking to reassess their values, those at a crossroads in life, those with mental health struggles, such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders, grief, and more, those looking to explore their identities. Whatever journey you are on, this workbook can help guide you!

PAGES INCLUDED IN THIS LISTING [15 total]

[1] Journal Cover
[1] Instruction Page Affirmation
[1] Identify Your Values
[1] Values Worksheet
[3] Build Your Valued Life Exercise, 3 pages
[1] Value at Work
[1] Making a Change
[1] A Needed Pause Meditation and Worksheet
[1] Readiness for Change
[3] Extra Journal Pages to Explore Your Thoughts
[1] Back Cover

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HOW TO BUILD-YOUR-OWN JOURNEY

1. Purchase your very own A Smile Blooms Self-Discovery workbook. Fill it out, work with a counselor or loved one, and return to the exercises as your life changes and your values transform.

2. Customize your journey by checking A Smile Blooms regularly for new and improved workbook exercises. The garden is blooming inspiration daily.

3. Get involved in the journey by letting me know what kinds of workbooks would most help you! And be sure to check out the refrigerator magnets and other gifts that can bring inspiration into your daily life and straight to the heart of your home.
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**PLEASE READ**
This is an Instant Digital Download – you will not receive anything in the mail. Upon your purchase, you will receive a link to download your 15 unique workbook pages.

FORMAT/SIZE
This Journal is standard US Letter Size (8.5 x 11 inches) and is in PDF format. Adobe Acrobat is a free software program that will allow you to open PDF documents on your computer. Copy & paste the link below onto your URL browser to download Adobe Acrobat:
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PRINTING
This Journal is standard US Letter Size and should be printed on standard US Letter Size Paper. When printing, make sure the paper size is set to Us Letter, and make sure to scale to 100% (don’t scale to fit page).

TERMS OF USE
This Journal is copyrighted and is intended for personal use only. You can reprint pages as many times as you’d like, as long as they are for your personal use. Please do not resell or redistribute to others.

REFUNDS
I cannot offer refunds on digital files. Once I send you the files, the sale is final. But I can and will do everything possible to make sure you are happy with your order. If you have any problems, I will work with you until I resolve the issue.
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DISCLAIMER:
I, Mirissa D. Price, am not a licensed mental health professional nor am I claiming to heal, cure, prevent or treat any medical/emotional/mental conditions with the provided materials. A Smile Blooms is created to encourage and support you on your journey through life. Please seek professional help and guidance as needed. And remember, asking for help is a strength!

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Thank you for welcoming me on your incredible journey!

CLICK HERE to head straight over to my Etsy shop, A Smile Blooms

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share. These journals are copyrighted and intended for personal use only. Reselling is not allowed without obtaining prior written consent from the owner.