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749 Likes

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An image I posted

on Insta got

749 likes.

 

I told the cat this as

I cleaned her box.

“749 likes,”

 

I said again. She jumped

in, peed, got out,

and moved to the next thing.

 

749 likes

don’t change the fact

that I clean a cat box.

 

 

Gifts

It is only when an oyster is invaded

that its inner surface

produces a natural protectant—

strong, lustrous nacre.

 

As nacre builds, layer by layer,

the oyster transforms into

something bigger than itself,

something that, only now

can reveal

its gift to the world.

 

Read You Are Not Broken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maturation

 

Without its time in

the cocoon,

the butterfly

would have stayed as it was—

a caterpillar.

 

It would not have

discarded

what no longer served it

and made use of the rest

to create a magical being.

 

Without its time in

the cocoon,

it would not have

transformed itself.

It would not have taken flight.

 

Read about how to manage your energy.

Rituals for Healing

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It was,

like an old friend at a high school reunion,

unrecognizable at first.

 

Those I love

had assured me

that it existed.

 

And so,

day

after

day,

I trusted the rituals I knew

would save me.

 

I walked

the treads of my shoes smooth.

Wrote in my journal,

crying myself dry.

Surrounded the tub with candles

And soaked my deadened soul.

 

I trusted the process. Believed,

even when

I had no faith.

 

And then, joy made its way to me,

held my hand,

and asked me to dance.