"I finally found my rhythm when I realized even the steps backwards were part of the dance." -- Melody Godfred This poem from my debut poetry collection, Self Love Poetry: For Thinkers & Feelers embodies everything I learned in my thirties.
After a lifetime spent worrying about perfection and struggling to stay on the narrow linear path of accomplishment we're all forced to embrace, my thirties have been about realizing that my growth isn't in fact linear, and that there is nothing awaiting me in perfection. By claiming my authenticity over everything else, I now make decisions that are in alignment -- rather than fueled by my ego's need for accomplishment. When things go wrong, as they invariably do, I no longer blame myself or feel the shame of not fulfilling my potential. I take the step back with grace, with love, with a little shake in my hip... knowing that this dance will pull me forward when the time is right. It always does.
So next time you take a step back, remember: as long as you are moving in alignment with the beat of your soul, you're exactly where you need to be.
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