Saturday, 30 April 2011

Youth

As a creative exercise on Art, Heart and Healing course by Tamara Laporte we had to do an altered book celebrating our lives.  One of the pages expressed what we would say to our 5 year old selves. Between the ages of 5 and 11 I was bullied at school feeling powerless and unable to speak up for myself, in those days I don't remember any campaigns about anti bullying or even childline.  I didn't tell anyone at the time and just hoped it would go away.
I don't remember anyone telling me how bright or gorgeous I was or how maybe some day I could speak words of encouragement into someones life. It took years of reflecting, reading, and faith to come out the other end, though the inner work is a continuous thing. 
This was a really good exercise - all the things I would say to a young child now to encourage and support I said to my inner child.  Words definitely have power and you can encourage or tear down someone by the words that come out of your mouth.

Ephesians 5:19 encourages us to speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit....

11 comments:

  1. *hugs* I will tell you now. You're gorgeous! And I can tell by your writing that you're bright. I'm glad you found it out yourself.

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  2. wow! this is amazing art work!

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  3. That is so sad and wonderful at the same time. Sad, because no child should ever be bullied. Good because you found the road out of the pain caused. Good luck with the journey!

    :-D

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  4. Amanda, I have so appreciated your blog posts here and on your other blog. They are thoughtful and encouraging. God has blessed you with beauty, both inside and out and your words are infused with it. Thanks so much!

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  5. Beautiful and moving. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. very beautiful. I've yet to finish mine. It seems something is always coming up. I had relished the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom, thinking I would have all kinds of time to make my jewelry and learn art and yet I am busier now than I was when I had a career...LOL! Who knew. I'm hoping to start mine in the next few weeks as I I really want to do one. Thanks for sharing.

    Hugs, LisaKay
    www.bellesrosesromantinques.blogspot.com

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  7. Wow!! This is incredibly beautiful! I have really enjoyed my visit to your blog. Thanks for such a warm "brave girl" welcome. Great to meet you and I will visit your blog again soon!

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  8. Donna, thank you for your visit and comment.

    Jennee, many thanks for stopping by.

    Misha, yes, our experiences help mold us into who we are now..

    Pam, bless you!

    Amy, Many thanks

    Lisa, I often wonder where all the time goes to there are so many projects I would love to start and books to read! I have a couple of projects from the course to complete

    Ophelia, Many thanks, you will definitely find Brave Girls Club enlightening!

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  9. You are a very special lady ~ so glad we connected and keep up your great creativity ~ Happy fourth !

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  10. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog and for entering the giveaway. I love visiting here and seeing your artwork. So very Artsy are you!

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  11. I never got to finish my pages for this healing assignment. Did yo finish the whole book?

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