For week fifteen of our calligraphy challenge we were asked to send words of healing out to the universe. Upon reflection I realized that I already had a work in progress on this topic. This quote by St. Therese had been in my sketch book for many years. I wanted to practice writing small and actually did three different versions of different sizes without liking any of them. What to do? Go smaller I thought and that worked. I filled in the negative spaces with Easter colors as an homage to Easter Sunday.
These words remind us that healing takes believing. We have to understand and let “the knowledge settle into your bones”. We need to allow ourselves the freedom to sing, dance and praise even in tough times. It takes courage to heal. That may sound funny and yet too many times we grow comfortable with the maladies of our life and they become part of our comfort zone. We grow used to feeling, thinking and acting badly so being healthy sounds crazy.
Ask the addict who has been sober for a period of time about how it takes adjusting to live a new, healthy, substance free life. It takes new habits, new attitudes, and new people in our lives supporting a new healthy being. For all that to occur we must first believe that we are worthy of healing and capable of maintaining this new world and we need the support of others to live as a new creation.
The greatest gift God gave us was free will. We have to choose everyday how we want to live. We can choose bondage and pain or forgiveness and freedom. It takes courage to live a healthy, healed life and share our own victory with others. Dare today to believe that you can be the person you want to be, it simply means making the choices that will allow you to get there.