Forgive Me

Millennial Mom, teary and holding a tissue to her face.
Forgive Me, 2017, oil on canvas, 76.2 x 61 cm, 30 x 24 in

Forgive Me, is a pivotal work in the final chapter of the Millennial Mom story.

THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE

Want freedom from suffering?  A good place to start is to face your painful truth.  In trying to make sense of challenging outcomes, rather than blaming those things we cannot control – other people, society, fate/the universe/God/whatever-you-believe-in –  instead, look within.

After many years of struggle, I’ve found freedom in honestly and humbly looking at my part, in how things go down.  How have I contributed to what is troubling me?  Where have I selfishly wanted life to go according to my plan?  Where am I in denial, expecting myself or others to be who they are not?  Or not admitting to myself those characteristics I don’t like in others are those I don’t like in myself?  Where have I acted from fear, and tried to manipulate others into doing what I think is best for all concerned, ignoring others’ points of view, others’ needs?

I ask for forgiveness, without expectation (we can’t control others, remember?).  And I do my best to make things right, predominantly by changing my behavior going forward.

I SEE CLEARLY NOW

My experience, how I perceive the flow of life, is directly related to my ability to let go of expectations.  It is not dependent upon what happens — what others do, or how things turn out.

Rather than focusing on what others “should” be doing, or how things “should” have turned out, I try to focus on how I choose to see things and what I can do today, to bring forth what is good, right and true.

Life is just better when I am living in acceptance, present with whatever is happening.  This means accepting myself and others for who they are, and the flow of life as it is.  A daily honest look at what I can control – the way I choose to perceive things, my attitude, my focus, my actions – helps to make things right.  Whatever arises, I do my best to love that — looking for the best, for love, in every situation, even the painful ones.  And focusing on doing my best to bring love into every situation, given the circumstances.

LOOKING FOR YOUR OWN FREEDOM?

I found help here.

  • Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, by David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.
  • The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle
  • The Work, by Byron Katie
  • Daily meditation
  • Jeff Kober, Daily Thoughts email
  • Radical Acceptance, by Tara Brach, Ph.D.
  • The Power of Full Engagement, by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, Face the Truth exercise
  • Nonviolent Communication, by Marshall B. Rosenberg, Ph.D.
  • The Conscious Parent, by Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D.
  • Conscious Uncoupling, by Katherine Woodward Thomas
  • Ego is the EnemyThe Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday
  • Real Love, by Greg Baer
  • The Power of Vulnerability, TED talk, Brené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W

MILLENNIAL MOM SHOW

Forgive Me and other works from the Millennial Mom collection will exhibit September-October, 2019, at Capitol Theatre in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Stay with me,

My Love, I hope you’ll always be

Right here by my side, if ever I need you.

Oh, my Love.

With the dark, oh I see so very clearly now.

All my fears, are drifting by me so slowly now,

Fading away.

Follow You, Follow Me, by Genesis

One Comment

  1. Carol Pippy

    Awesome insight!

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