Day 8 - You are not a mistake. Annie wonderfully reminded me that even though we all make mistakes and may have been born with challenges, we are not mistakes. We are not the mistakes of our parents or their parents. We are not even the mistakes of our past. We aren't mistakes. We are wonderfully and beautifully created in God's image.
This reminder sparked a series of reminders from several books I've read by Brene Brown, Kristin Neff. Both speak about the important statement Feelings are Not Facts. We may make mistakes and feel bad about our mistakes, but we are not bad, nor are we a mistake. I linked amazing articles to both writers for more insight to this very important statement. If you are having a difficult time hearing this, please read their books. If you have experienced trauma, I encourage you to also read The Body Keeps Score, by Bessel Van der Kolk. Trauma does some major damage to our beings. As a survivor to trauma, and someone who lives with PTSD, anxiety, and depression, I understand how trauma can make you feel like you are what you experienced, which can lead us down a very dark, slippery slope of seeing ourselves as not who we really are, and more likely to believe the lies we tell ourselves. But we are not mistakes.
My blog today is to share with you, dear readers, that you too are NOT A MISTAKE. You are a gift from God to the world. A gift from God to me. A gift from God to your community. There is nothing you can do, or say, or think that changes that very fact. You may feel like your have made so many mistakes, you are no longer worthy of feeling the love and belonging we have for you. But that does not change the fact that you are not a mistake.
Choose to stop listening to the lies. Believe in the truth. You are NOT a mistake.
I am Maria Jordan, founder of Caring Hearts and Voices. I started this organization to honor my mom, my sons, and my own story. We all have gone through difficult times. Times where we needed support from family, friends, and the people around us. For me, music was often a greater source of comfort during those times. Caring Hearts and Voices is dedicated to providing support to people in need through music. How can our Caring Hearts and Voices be there for you?