When Shame Tries to Catch You {31 Days}

Image by Greg Rakozy

The best made plans are often derailed. At least that what it seems like for me. I have so many ideas for writing, creating, arting about, and dreaming. Life explodes on the scene and those plans don’t play out the way I wanted them to. In those moments, shame tries to catch me. I cannot allow it to throw me off balance or to make me feel bad.

Some days we have to allow for life to be what it is – a free flowing force that cannot be contained. Today is that kind of day, but it’s also an invitation to engage life, family, and the boisterous noise of relationships and connection. I haven’t had the interruption of child-like laughter, silliness, and good, homemade food in a while. I’ll gladly engage this kind of wackiness in all it’s unrefined beauty. It reminds me how short life is, and I have to make the most of these right now moments. I can’t let the shame or disappointment of not meeting dreams and goals keep me from enjoying the moments. I won’t let it catch me today.

Image by Frank Park
Image by Frank Park

Instead I’ll hang on to these words: I am not my failures or inabilities. I am not my missed deadlines. I am not missed a opportunity or a missed post. Grace and truth are an antidote to shame. So I’ll give myself permission to not have to do AllTheThings.

When shame tries to catch me, I’ll fight back. I’ll kick it to the curb and sweep its undesirable rubbish off my side of the street. For we, beloved, we were never made for shame. We were made for love and grace. Let’s live into that.

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This post is a part of my 31 Days of Writing challenge. It’s also the second half of the lemonade stories. There are more stories to tell and moments of when to live through.  It’s all about taking the sour things of life and reframing them to find the sweetness of faith, hope, and resilience. I hope you’ll join me on this month-long journey.  You’ll also find me sharing bits and pieces on my Twitter and IG accounts. I’d love to see you here, and you can also subscribe to my blog/newsletter here.


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