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It may come as a surprise to some of my readers and followers, but I have a rebellious streak in me that made me a less than ideal student, a problem daughter and ex-wife to 3 men. I’ve never liked being told what I should do or how I should act. I am a rule breaker and an outspoken independent woman. My mother would often scold calling me a little brat. Her favorite line was, “That mouth of yours is going to get you into real trouble someday.” I suppose she was right in that I have found myself in many uncomfortable situations over the years by words I’ve said. After my first meeting with my now Mother-In-Law she told my husband, “Wow, she will say anything.” But that openness is also my “saving grace”. It enabled me to stand up to an abuser declaring enough was enough. I exposed everything without leaving off details and was able to heal. It is also what has allowed me to be a “real” mom to my own child. She was never confused about where babies came from or whether or not Santa was real. This same freedom of thought and voice is also what gives me the ability to create artwork without following set guidelines. Because I do not limit myself in any way, I am able to paint with acrylics, take photographs or use my computer to produce artwork.
What is your “saving grace”? It just might be something that you were told was “bad” about you, but in reality turns out to be something so very “good”.
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Robert Threatt said:
I agree with what you are saying especially the part about getting into trouble. I was also outside the box, in a way, but not like you. I am Black and have been told most of my life that I could not do or become one thing or another. I have made it my life’s work to say “yes I will” and have done so. Keep up the good work and I will keep following.
I am happy to hear this Robert! No one should be limited by their gender…..race……personal life….etc. And now you remind me of a time when my older brother said I couldn’t do a particular job because I was a girl…..another blog!
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I like the question. I will have to think about it or perhaps even write about it… Thanks for the inspiration and your openness!
I look forward to a possible blog from you on this subject! I’ve been away so not as active….but my art never stops. Thank you for stopping by….
Maria F. said:
I am also very independent. Some bosses in one of my industries loved that, but then I discovered some bosses actually abhor this quality because it offends their ego for the fact that you may turn out to be ‘independent’ from their ‘indispensable’ guidance. Very seasoned bosses particularly. They expect you to ‘humble up’ some. I thought I had a very rebellious streak and that I could hardly take much bosses in life, simply because of this reason.
Also, because of my constant growth in many areas, it’s difficult to fit in a “society’s” mold, because society is actually waiting for you to fit into one ‘mold’ or another, so you become ‘predictable’ and easier to get along with. At one point or another, I discovered, I felt I did need to accept guidance, because I wasn’t born “knowing it all”.
Nevertheless, to accept or not accept guidance doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve lost your independence. It’s what you do with the guidance afterwards what counts. This is probably why many rebellious people end up surprising others, because they quietly learn their lessons to blossom in their own way, when the time comes. “To bite one’s tongue or not” then, becomes a very personal decision in life, in fact, one of the most important personal decisions of all, because it can, as you said, save your live, but it can also make you lose a job or burn a bridge.
I do understand what you are saying…it’s why I have not had a boss for over 15 years now. 😉 It’s not to say that I am crass or insensitive. I am just very open with my thoughts and feelings. My mother didn’t like it if I were to speak up for myself or my siblings. If something seemed unjust to me, I’d just blurt that out. If someone was being mean, I’d tell them. If a boss was being unfair or lying, I’d call them out. I have no problems talking about my past or abuse in my life, etc. I talk about things that should be brought into the open and not hidden. This does make some people uncomfortable. People also say I am the “life of the party” because I will say funny things or talk about things that most never would out of embarrassment. I am just not embarrassed about anything in life that is natural and normal to all of us. 🙂
Earth Angel said:
My saving grace…that no matter what I could love myself….become my own inspiration.. looking internally what was right for me…seeing that even when someone was in my life that was no piece of cake to be around.. I had a voice as well…Amen to all this sister…Heart to heart Robyn
Kudos to you too Robyn!
Earth Angel said:
😉 thank you!
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As always Sharon, your directness and honesty wind up being “grace” for others too. It is not easy to maintain such independence but it’s wonderful that you have been able to do so and come to a place in your life where you recognize how each experience – even the bad ones – have become your own saving grace. As for mine – It’s hard to pick just one…but I think that it has something to do with finding the treasures even in terrible experiences.
And that is truly a gift Lianne……Sometimes the only treasure is learning how strong you are….but it is something good to focus on. 🙂
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Good for you Sharon! Thank you for sharing that and prompting me. My saving grace is my wanting to be validated. I kept seeking and seeking…I never got it at home growing up and I don’t get it a whole lot now even though I know I’m supported. The saving grace part comes from the fact that my searching for validation led me to photography and it’s been so healthy for me. I’ve never felt more integrated than I do now. So I guess I finally found my validation..that I’m ok. 🙂
That is beautiful to hear Laura!
Thank you 🙂 I don’t usually write too much about myself but it’s good to remind myself how far I’ve come.
You are most welcome. 🙂
As I was reading your post, I couldn’t help but connect your blog picture (avatar?) to what you were saying about your mouth. I find it interesting that your picture shows you with a flower in there… either hopeful that flowers will come out, or stopping it up with something beautiful and natural! Or both! I find it charming and whimsical and again, amen sister… be yourself!!
I NEVER Put It Together Like That….cool! Thanks for stopping by!
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My saving grace was my father ~ I love this man, who continuse to grace this earth with his presence. He was my father, mother, spiritual teacher and the man who always urged me toward the freedom I sought – how lucky can a girl get?!
Such a wonderful gift to have him still my friend…..
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Thank you so much for sharing!