***This is a difficult topic. Trigger Alert***
“What do I gotta do to make you love me, what do I gotta do to be heard?”
This blog has been nearly a month in the making. Will I bring to it the understanding and the compassion for those that need it so much? I don’t know, but I can only hope.
I’ve had a fairly emotionally charged few months. My client base has begun to swing to something I hadn’t quite expected in my world. The #METOO movement have found their way to me. Was I prepared for that? Not at all. But as I sit here tonight I have to wonder at the universe and how it seems to bring us to where we need to go. Where I needed to go. To share the words that I need to share.
They always show up so stoic. Facial expressions so perfectly stone. I keep the tissue boxes on both sides of the chair so that they have something to find when both arms inevitably reach out in a panicked need to find something with which to stifle the embarrassment of the tears that they’ve grown so adept at hiding. But not with me. Not in my world. In my world someone from the spirit side just said “I’m so sorry” and the facade of granite slips to be replaced by the most painful tears I have ever encountered. It’s hard. It’s hard to watch this and even harder to feel this with them.
And then..like a script that has been long learned they inevitably respond with “No, no, tell them it’s fine, I understand. They don’t need to be sorry” as they dry the last tear and return to the granite expression that we started with. “I am strong. So many had it worse than me. I am unbreakable. I am OK. Don’t worry about me” Well, you’ll forgive me beautiful souls, because I do worry about you. I worry that you feel unworthy. I worry that you feel of little value beyond that of the gratification of those that would take advantage of you. I worry that you’ll never cry like you just did for me. I worry that you can’t get your head around the words…
“I am so sorry”
And I worry that you won’t accept them because you can’t imagine the pain of breaking. So many years of wanting to hear the words, only to find yourselves unable to handle the aftermath of a heart shattering into a million pieces because you’ve learned to believe yourself unworthy of the apology at all.
And I worry that because you see yourself this way, that you will continue to perpetuate this cycle of allowing. Allowing others to take advantage in all other avenues of your life. In your work, in your relationships, in your hopes and in your dreams you hold for yourself.
And most of all, I worry that you say you understand. Because you shouldn’t have ever learned to have to understand this at all.
I simply want to wrap you into my own arms and tell you that I am sorry. From my heart, not the hearts of those that caused you such hurt. I want to say I am so sorry from the understanding of someone that understands you.
And I do.
I understand. I understand how you hate the words. I understand how you can’t trust them. Not now, and maybe never. And I understand how very wrong that is. You deserve to know that you did nothing to create that. You deserve to say how unfair it is that you don’t know how to accept them. That you are scared to accept them. And you deserve to know that it’s OK to feel this way.
You deserve to know that you deserve to fall apart.
You deserved to hear these words before you met me.
And I am sorry that I have to be the one to interpret them to you when it’s too late to hear them any other way.
To those that are broken and piling bricks to hold it all together. I see you. You are the gentlest and most compassionate humans. You have learned in your discomforts to never want to create that for someone else. And in understanding that this is the only way to love.
I am just sorry you had to learn it the worst of ways.
For anyone that chooses to victim shame you owe a mountain of apologies also. The words “I don’t believe you” are devastating and cruel and you should be ashamed.
For anyone that has placed someone in the position of cringing at the words “I am so sorry” you have much soul searching to do to find appropriate words to fix what you so badly broke.”I am so sorry” won’t cut it because they don’t know how to believe in that.
And do it soon. Because it’s your job. Not mine.
How dare you make them wait.
Do it now. Change your words.
Because sorry seems to be the hardest one to hear…
Sending love and light to all that need it today.