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  • Ellen shared from The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Suppose to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown
    I remember telling Diana, my therapist, “I can’t function this way any longer. I really can’t.” She replied, “I know. I see that. What do you think you need?” I thought about it for a second and said, “I need a way to stay on my feet when I’m really anxious.” She just sat there nodding her head and waiting, like therapists do. Waiting and waiting and waiting. Finally, it dawned on me. “Oh. I get it. I can’t function this way. I can’t function in this much anxiety anymore. I don’t need to figure out a way to keep going with this level of anxiety—I need to figure out...
    Note: Yeah. I've been both nodded and victim.
  • Ellen shared from The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Suppose to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown
    I think we should be born with a warning label similar to the ones that come on cigarette packages: Caution: If you trade in your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.
    Note: A Warning Label for human beings...
  • Ellen shared from The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice by Carolyn McVickar Edwards
    Like vessels, the stories carry us across the stormy, flotsamy, slippery edge of night. We cross over in three different ways: by theft, by surrender, through grace. There are four stories for each kind of crossing. When our personalities clutch their old habits, the thief may have to grab what we otherwise won’t let go. When our so functional egos find their orders scuttled, some other deeper self finally surrenders to the new. And then, there are those miraculous gifts, those blessings that shower down upon us.
    Note: Dear, God.
  • Ellen shared from The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice by Carolyn McVickar Edwards
    Beneath our nuanced sophistications, we too, like preschoolers, hate transition.
    Note: Oh. I guess we are related.
  • Ellen shared from The Divergent Series Complete Collection by Veronica Roth
    Since I was young, I have always known this: Life damages us, every one. We can’t escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.
    Note: We meet when it is time.
(The Woodlands, TX)
Ellen Cooper