We don't always have to be strong, to be strong.
Sometimes our strength is expressed in being vulnerable.
Sometimes we need to fall apart to regroup and stay on track.
We all have days when we cant push any harder,
cannot hold back self doubt,
cannot stop focusing on fear, cannot be strong.

There are days when we cannot focus on being responsible.
Occasionally, we don't want to get out of our pajamas.
Sometimes we cry in front of people.
We expose our tiredness, irritability, or anger.
Those days are okay....they are just okay.

Part of taking care of ourselves means we give ourselves
permission to "fall apart" when we need to.
We don't need to be perpetual towers of strength.
We ARE strong. We have proven that.

Our strength will continue if we allow
ourselves the courage to feel scared,
weak and vulnerable when we need
to experience those feelings.
Today, help me to know
that it is okay to allow myself to be human.
Help me not to feel guilty or punish myself
when I need to "fall apart."

Author Unknown

Painting 'Reflections' by Alan Murray