Monday, July 25, 2016

Stephaniah's War of the Heart — The Lady In Red (Chapter One)



by Stephaniah, aka Stephie Goldfish aka Stephie Bigheart

The hurt of one woman is the hurt of all women.
The honor of one woman is the honor of all women.
~ A Native American Proverb

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I am known among the congregations as "The Lady In Red!"

I have been disfellowshipped three times during my era of being one of Jehovah's Witnesses, and privately reproved twice. I am writing this, not to be bragging or boasting of having the title "Most Disfellowshipped." I am not writing this in honor of being left out of the Year Books of JWs.

Lately, though, I have been having these thoughts, thoughts that fluctuate back and forth, from... Humbly returning to the fold... or to... forever being OUT.

Even after reading Crisis of Conscience (latest version). I even know and have personally met some of the fellows Raymond Franz was talking about. Even after reading through so many posts, stories, and news articles, and identifying with so many experiences from others, and having the major issues that have always bothered me reaffirmed and reconfirmed. Even after seeing, reading, and hearing all the surrounding events out regarding the Pedophilia within the organization and all the disfellowshippings of the innocent victims stemming from this.

Yes, even after all the things that I personally have experienced within the organization, and even after all that my family has experienced within the organization, I am still in limbo about where I belong. In or Out.

"Why?" I am asking myself, "Why do I feel the need to 'go back', each time trying harder and harder to reach an even higher and higher level than I was at before the beginning of my downfalls and being ousted. When each time I was let back into the flock, I worked zealously at trying to be a better Witness than before... but, always, I realized my limitations, that I could not maintain this level or endure for very long in their strict adherence, because even what I considered to be my peak, my whole-hearted service, it did not meet the expectations of the loving shepherds or even of certain sheep within the flock. Some who recommended Regular Pioneering, even though they knew I had real physical limitations and was working full-time to cover my expenses and to pay off debt. Some who would not recommend me for Bethel Service, when I was specifically offering to use my "gift from Jehovah God", which is a true natural talent in Art, because, they said, I have a disability. I was then and have, up until the last 8-10 years, worked a steadily 40+ hours a week out in the world.

I've began feeling that the mark that has been labeled upon me is becoming ever and ever so bright red, and will never be made "white as snow", as they would have me believe every time those on the various elder judicial committees would have me read Isaiah 1:18.

During the times I was not working, laid off, receiving disability, or drawing unemployment, I was a regular meeting attendee, studying for the meetings, being fairly regular in the Door to Door Ministry and Street Witnessing. I was criticized because I was not working. I was told, "Christians should be working."

Well, I have always tried to work. Even during the times when I worked steady, I tried my best to be at all the congregation meetings. Even when I went halfway across the country to work as a freelancer I made it clear to the owner of the company I went to work for that I must leave work on Tuesdays and Thursdays to attend meetings, with a congregation that did not know me from Adam (or Eve), and then I would go straight back to work and make up the time. I must have given at least some kind of "Witness", made a good impression to the company, and left there being known as a hard worker, because the owner invited me to come back, being allowed the same opportunity to attend my meetings. At one job, I even arranged my schedule so that the nights I had off work would allow me to attend the meetings, which, may have been a little inconvenient for me, because I worked Saturdays, when most of the brothers and sisters would have their "get togethers", never remembering that I worked on this day, so it would allow me to be at all the meetings. And I had to decline a lot of invitations where I could have possibly been "built up by the good association." Even my doctors have always encouraged me to attend my meetings, when some in the congregations probably thought I was being told otherwise. But my doctors knew how important this religion or more importantly how strong my faith in God has been for me throughout my life.

What human can determine or be the judge of another person's true loyalty or measure anyone's godly devotion?

Should it really be determined by someone's total years of "squeaky-clean" long-time or full-time service to the organization?

Should it really be determined by whether or not one goes to see "R" rated movies? When it was reported to a Bethel Elder and Presiding Overseer of the congregation I was attending at the time that I see "R" rated movies, I was told by that Elder that if any Bethelite was known to see "R" rated movies, that they would be dismissed from Bethel. 

"What?" I exclaimed, "For seeing "Schindlers List"? But, yes, it did have nudity in it.

Should true loyalty or godly devotion be based on whether all of our associates are only Bethelites, former Bethelites, Special Pioneers, Pioneers, Regular Auxiliary Pioneers, Elders, Elder's wives, children of Elders, Ministerial Servants, Regular Publishers who "report at least the national quota of Field Service hours every single month", or members of the congregation who actively participate giving talks in the "main hall" every two or three months?

It was also reported, while I was attending that same congregation, that I associate with "worldly" friends.

One of these worldly friends I invited to one of the Sunday public talks and Watchtower study, while attending that congregation, and I was so surprised that she actually attended. She still to this day talks to all her Baptist relatives and friends back home about being friends with a Jehovah's Witness (and she lets them know that I was not an "Orthodox Witness" or I wouldn't even be talking to her). And she talks about going on a grand tour of the late World Headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses formerly located in Brooklyn and was absolutely amazed at how clean these buildings were kept, especially the floors. She told the guides that she was so impressed because she cleans peoples homes, she knows how much work it must have taken the workers to keep it so clean. We were even guests for lunch while touring Bethel that day (she didn't know this, but we actually sat at the Elder's table, who had questioned my associates). This friend also once told me, "Being friends with a Jehovah's Witness," (being from the South where she was raised), "was just as risqué, as say, being married to a Black person." Ironically, this is also just another well-known feature of my amazing "Black Sheep" history.

Another of these worldly friends (who was also there on the tour of Bethel and had lunch with us that day) later on had been battling cancer (Leukemia)! I visited her a few times when she was undergoing treatments. Later I found out that she had hid from me the fact that she had to have blood transfusions. I could not believe this. She hid this fact because she respected my beliefs about not accepting blood transfusions. She did not bring it up until I asked her about it. She said that she had wanted to discuss it with me, but respected me and felt that I may not want to talk about it.

And another friend of mine went with me and my sister one year to the Memorial of Christ's Death at the last congregation I was a regular attendee and the congregation where I was last disfellowshipped. I asked her later after the Memorial what she had thought of the service and everything, and she said, "I never felt further away from God as I felt in that place. The people," she said, "seemed so sterile!" I also thought that night that everyone seemed fake. It was probably one of the most eerie Memorials that I have ever attended.

In the years since 2000, when I was disfellowshipped for the third (and last time), I have spent some considerable effort trying to return, trying to walk me home. I wrestle with remaining in this disfellowshipped state, forever remaining on the outside. And I often wonder about how it will be in the end when I walk me home? I want to ask myself the same questions Raymond Franz asked, questions he asked at a much older age than I ask now, "Where then do I go? What do I become?" And he answered in response to his own questions, "I feel no need to 'go' anywhere. For I know the One who has the "sayings of everlasting life."

These statements just hit home to me when I read the book back then. And his concerns are still as valid to me today. The answer seems so simple, yet so hard.

I basically feel that all the air has been kicked out of me; that this battle that I have been fighting for so long has won out over me. I feel that I cannot climb back up this time! Their last punch, I'm afraid, was "just another TKO!" The last punch that they will ever strike at me. I don't want it to happen again, nor do I feel that I want to ever give them the chance to do it again. "I don't want to fight no more."

Yes, I am the woman who wore that lovely red wool suit where the skirt went just above my knees and I have to admit that it did have a long slit in the back that "revealed" my thighs when I walked across the floor of the Kingdom Hall. The red suit that (I later came to know) was apparently giving the whole congregation "somethin' to talk about". I did throw that suit away when I moved from that congregation to the last congregation I was an active member in, because I didn't want to have any cause for 'opening any brother's eye' (or fly), whichever came first, didn't want to cause any brothers 'jaws to drop' (or drawers), whichever came first! But, wait, damn, there was that time at that last congregation, while I was going out in the field ministry one day, a sister asked, all of a sudden, "Do you have on a bra?" I was so embarrassed, I said, "Yeah!" I was kind of mad too. I thought, "Oh, No! Not again!" I was CITA — caught in the act.

I guess those "little body members" weren't being kept in control.

When it comes right down to it, when I do walk me home, I only want to have been known as a woman in love, having chose to dance.

Copyright © 2016

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Stephaniah's War of the Heart



by Stephaniah, aka Stephie Bigheart

You know when it’s time.

When you are called to stand up, put on your armor for something you wholly believe with all your heart. When you know something is so unjustly perpetrated on innocent persons, and you know you are in it for the long haul.

You rise and you heed the calling:

It is time to tell my story.

I believe God is not partial.

I believe Goddess is not partial.

I am not partial.

I believe.

I believe in treating people fairly, equally, non-judging, and with kindness and love.

I believe all women have been the targets of men’s domination since the “Garden of Eden!”

I don’t feel it was ever God’s purpose for any human, woman or man, to be dominated by one other being, by any group leaders, or by any scriptural references, putting women, especially, in a lower class or submissive position.

There is a scripture that reads, “Man has dominated man to his injury.”

The beginning of man’s domination over other human beings was the beginning of murders, envy, jealousy, ungodly or unholy conduct and behavior, which has continued to spin in a spiral out of control down to this day.

We have seen it since, every day.

Women are told to be in submission to the “head of the household”, which is the Man’s position, Man is told to be in submission to Christ, “the Head of the Christian congregation”, and Christ is to be in submission to God, whom I call Jehovah, some Yahweh, YHWH, and some call Allah.

Women have the “lowest on the totem pole” position. 


And this has led to improper acts upon them and their offspring since the beginning of time: Violence began with that one thought to “put the woman in her place.” 


I first heard about this idea, of "shunning as a form of violence against women", from Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes.

Whether one wants to recognize that or not, it is a form of the most insidious violence.

What usually happens when our Boss (usually a male) kicks the male employee? He goes home and kicks his wife, then she kicks the kids, and the kids kick the dog and cat. It's a vicious repetitious cycle.

But since women “share” in the raising of their children, it should be an equal partnership and should have been from the beginning.

I don’t feel a God of love would ever put a woman or man in the way of violence.

Violence was manmade.

Clarity helped me see the power of my true self, when I kept getting back up each time I was Disfellowshipped, when I would go straight back to the ones using this form of shunning, or violence, on its members.

I see it clearly, now, that it was with All of My Power that I got back up, confronted them, time and time again. Three times now I have been disfellowshipped.

Two times I did get back up and return towards them. Not knowing then how my true power was growing.

Two times I was reinstated back into the congregation and those two times were unveiling. I could see their weaknesses and limitations.

They saw me as powerful.

Yet, I didn’t fully see it, not yet.

But I laugh now at what was unveiled for me, that it was truly an act of boldness and strength, my returning to them each time. And each time I was being made stronger.

The past 16 years, I have tried several attempts to “return to the flock.”

I feel set free, finally.

I feel vindicated, finally.

I feel no evil. I feel compassion for them and for myself.

But I want others to understand this life long sentence they have put me asunder, as well as my immediate family, due to their patriarchal system, and they still commit acts of violence towards those who would dare to challenge this system.

I want others to know the humiliating and lowly places I have crawled around, feeling like the lowest form of life, feeling like the snake crawling around on its belly, feeling cast out of the garden of Eden or their paradisiacal setting they like to claim is only found within their halls of worship.


It is time because this religion, aka the men at the top, this act they do upon its subjects, I believe, has been the single most hurtful, violent act upon my being.

I don’t believe in the type of fear they instill in everyone. It is an acknowledged fear within their halls of being put on the outside — Disfellowshipped, branded with a capital letter “D”, like the scarlet colored letter, marked on you for life, never being washed white as snow.


They disfellowship those who they fear are a threat to the congregation or flock. They crush these ones and put them down harshly, and make everyone else believe that being in this disfellowshipped state is the biggest issue in the world to worry about. The patriarchal leaders in positions have misused and abuse their power.

And I have lived long enough feeling over-exposed, on display, like living in a glass house, where your every move has the belief that you are sentenced to being watched or judged by men who themselves are fallible beings.


I want the world to know my struggles within and without this patriarchal environment.

I want the world to know my war of the heart.

It is time to put on the paint.

It is time to tell my story.



Copyright © 2016


https://youtu.be/nvAQ8DOXJH8

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Let the Dead Bury the Dead




by Stephie Goldfish, aka Stephie Bigheart

I often have these visions of my last days.

My last therapist or someone angelic and strong like her would be there through it all with me until my last breath. I often think about what it would take for someone to do this, be there through to the end, and a lot of my preconceived ideas seem a little selfish and delusional.

On my way to help my mother who is very ill and needs someone now to help her and be with her around the clock, I heard the words that Jesus spoke to his followers and apostles who had left their families and work to follow him:

Let the dead bury the dead.

It was odd, and it would seem an odd thing to say if your loved one was dying or near death.

I knew it couldn't mean that Jesus was uncaring or unkind.

Jesus also said, Come with me, I have living waters. And in truth, both statements he spoke are in a spiritual sense, to the spiritual dead and spiritual living.

But I think only someone familiar with suffering and sickness would understand about death and someone dying. 

Like the women who were there at Jesus' death, they knew suffering and dying. Yet, they had also been the givers of life to their children. They would be very aware that life is sacred and precious, having born children into the world.

And they would know that being there at someone's death is not much different.

While at the hospital, with our mom, a social worker was there to help figure out how best to help our mom, if and when she is able to go home. My sister and I mentioned to her that our mom has missed being around her grandchildren and seeing them grow up. And we said we wished they would visit her more often. The social worker mentioned that while she was caring for her mother she did not have her two nephews help in any way, and she wouldn't recommend having mom's grandchildren care for her. I think she misunderstood, we didn't say that they should be her sole caretakers. But maybe come visit their grandmother once or twice a year.

But I see her point. 

I know that I am dying, yet, still living. I have been near death's door many times. I have witnessed so much tragedy.

It seems my sister and I have seen so much death while we were younger. We weren't as protected. Our first funeral was at the formative years of two or three years of age. I think by the time we were five years old we had been to at least three or four funerals: Our uncle Benny (our aunt Dorothy's husband), our step-father's father, and our uncle Harold. Our two-year-old nephew died in the year we were in 6th grade. And our uncle's wife, Lina, died while we were in 7th grade, and so on.

So it seems we have only known death. We weren't around very many births, except when our first niece was born.

As it takes a strong person to assist in birthing one to life, it will take a strong person to assist the dying.

It takes one who knows life to assist the living.

It takes one who knows death to assist the dying.

It takes love, either way, but in a different capacity.

It takes strong hearts to assist the weak. It takes knowing their strengths, and your own.

It takes someone who wants to be there, and knows the way to where you're going.


Those who know the way will guide the dying, because they know they are not too far from behind death themselves.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Self-Observation Is The Wise Way To Salvation

Association with human beings lures one into self-observation.
—Franz Kafka

written by Stephie Goldfish, aka Stephie Bigheart

A few nights ago, I dreamt I was heading down a road, and up ahead was what looked like an object in the middle of the road. As I got closer, I realized it was a turtle, but it was flipped over on its back, just lying there, determined to get back to an upright position. And it was as if everyone on the road had stopped just to marvel at this turtle on its backside.

I live near a small pond, where turtles are thriving. I go out to visit them, and they hold their heads up out of the water, for a little while, getting air, until they take a last breath and plop down into the water, swim off, and, in their trail, leave a quiet ripple out through the pond.

But, I woke from that dream and wondered what it all meant.

My writing has been likened to Kafka, and, right away, I related this dream to the short story Kafka wrote, Metamorphosis, where, in the dream, the main character turns into a giant bug in his apartment, and the bug ends up, at one point in the story, on its back.

It has been written that much of Kafka’s writing pictures his life in the social world. He had a complicated and troubled relationship with his father that had a major effect on his writing. Kafka also suffered with his identity, feeling that his Jewish-ness had little to do with him, although critics argue that it influenced his writing.

Most of Kafka’s works are filled with themes and archetypes of alienation, physical and psychological brutality, parent-child conflict, characters on a terrifying quest, labyrinths of bureaucracy, and mystical transformations.

And, so, I also sense these qualities about my writing world and the way I see myself in the real world.

I notice these qualities about me in the "social media world", but especially so when presented in a live setting among a group of individuals, which happened not too far back, at The New Moon Fire Circle retreat I attended, held by Pixie Lighthorse, at her SouLodge Ranch, in Central Oregon.

While there, at some points of the retreat, I felt like that over-turned turtle in my dream, or the over-sized bug Franz Kafka wrote about, feeling completely out of place, not being able to relax, and being anxious most of the time.

I know that what I feel inside has prevented me from realizing my true wise self.

People often tell me that my presence in the writing world is very big and real, but when those who read my works and writing actually meet me in the physical, they’re taken aback, because my physical world doesn’t seem to match up to my writing world.

At the SouLodge retreat, we did a journey meditation, and a yellow butterfly took me out to a field on the plains where I met with White Buffalo among the herd. And Eagle flew over, saying, "Up, fly with me!" 

The buffalo herd began running, and I jumped on one of the buffalo, and I flew up with Eagle.

Eagle said, "Honor your journey, where your heart has been, where your feet have walked. See, how far you have come?" 

"What do you want me to honor?" I asked. 

"Your wisdom," Eagle said, "Walk in your wisdom — your wisdom needs to match your walk. Bring them back in sync."

So, I’ve been thinking that these Kafkaesque situations I often find myself in, even in my dreams, have been showing up in order for me to learn the valuable wisdom of self-observation, in a way that brings me more healing.

One of the precious gifts I received at The New Moon Fire Circle, was her first book, Prayers of Honoring, written by Pixie Lighthorse. 

I love every prayer Pixie offers, because she speaks from her heart, her true wise, yet, humble self.

And in one of her prayers called, Honoring Wisdom, Pixie prays:

"Please help us to hold ourselves in high integrity so that we can shed all that keeps us from experiencing intimacy with you, and our loved ones. We know that it is through deep compassion, respect and love that we become wise. We understand that it is love, not knowledge, which begets intelligence. Help us to grasp that we must love ourselves before we can truly love others, and the world."




And, when it came time for the honoring ceremony circle at SouLodge, I made a declaration to honor my wisdom, knowing that I have to bring my wise self into sync and harmony with my true physical authentic presence, full of love, and humbleness.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Don't Look Back


by Stephie Goldfish

"We are all filled with a longing for the wild. There are few culturally sanctioned antidotes for this yearning. We were taught to feel shame for such a desire. We grew our hair long and used it to hide our feelings. But the shadow of Wild Woman still lurks behind us during our days and nights. No matter where we are, the shadow that trots behind us is definitely four-footed." ~From her book, "Women Who Run With the Wolves", written by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.

I packed up my bag, bundled up for the cold air outside, and while standing close to the door of Starbucks, fixing my scarf, headband, and gloves, I took a few deep breaths to prepare for my walk up to the library, which is only two blocks away.

As I exited the store, a black African-American man, whom we had seen here a few times, now, opened and held the door for me. He said, "I just saw your sister going to the library, is that where you're headed?"

And something stopped me to stay a few moments longer to talk with him. I asked him his name (James), and I introduced myself and shook his hand. He mentioned he wanted to play his games on his computer.

And something about the innocence of that struck my heart. He rides his bicycle here to get free wi-fi and be in company with others, and today it's a slushy and rainy and overcast day.

After my many years of working on computers, the computer game apps have never interested me. It seems so isolating, like when my mother plays solitaire with her deck of cards. My mom also loves to play solitaire on the computer.

But I could sense that these new computer games have possibly opened up a new life for some, like James, who may have never worked on a computer, not because they never wanted to, but, like my older sister and my older brother, now deceased, they never got the opportunity to learn computers, and it wasn't until the last year of my brother's life that he took an interest in video syncing songs from his CD collection with video graphic imagery into YouTube music videos.

I often wonder if my brother had had our schooling and training would he have been more successful in his life.

And I saw how something about these computer games intrigued James, letting him feel like he's in the world, as we know it.

James and I said our quick goodbyes, and I made the trek up to the library. Although it is only two blocks away, there is a slight incline up to the library, and I stop about four to five times to catch my breath.

I was on a mission, though, and I was excited to get started on the Vision Quest material and videos for a course I am going through at SouLodge 2014. I also wanted to see if the library might have this one book I've been wanting to read from the suggested reading list, "Women Who Run With The Wolves", written by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.

Something these days has made me feel like I've been running with the wolves, all along, wild and free, but on a quest. And although I do have a hard time keeping up with "the pack", I feel, in a lot of ways, I've been leading the way, too.

So, right before I enter the library, I stop one more time, and calm my breathing down, and, without hesitating or looking back, I enter.

I walk up to the help desk and ask the young librarian if they have the book, and, to my glee, they do. I take the elevator up to the second level where the book is located, and just as I was passing the rows of shelved books, one title of a book jumped out at me, caught my attention: Don't Look Back.

The admonition was all I needed. It was an OK from Spirit or God or a sign that said, This IS the way in which to walk. Or run. And don't stop.

And this epiphany, at that moment, was all I needed to propel me in my direction, to flame the desire in me to keep going, without fear, and to not look back.

I am enthralled in the book, so far, even though it's a little intimidating. And I wonder why it has taken until now for its wisdom to come into my life.

It was written or published in May 1992.

May 1992 is when I feel I was called to a higher way of being or called to an elevated enlightenment. Even though it was a very scary experience in some ways, it was the closest I'd ever come to the realization of my Hubris, my reality of "whether I survive into old age with my serious congenital heart and lung disease I still can't escape death", at least not on this side of life.

I've come close to death a few times in my life, a few months after I was born in 1965, then in 1988 having two ectopic pregnancies four months apart, then in the Spring of 1992, I feel I died, in a way, but was renewed in spirit.

And this happened again in 1996. It scared me a little, but I received a message at that time from a higher source, from God, Spirit, Mother Earth, to seal up the words or keep what I had knowledge about secret until the appointed time to make it known, until the time was fertile enough for it to be heard.

So, now, I feel I have been given the green light, the OK, the approval, a nod to shoot like an arrow in the direction I'm supposed to go. Yes to being a lightbringer, and to stop worrying about the past, what's left behind.

And the voice keeps saying, "Don't Look Back in regret, Don't Look Back to what was, what would have been."

I am going to look ahead to the beautiful future I want for myself in whatever time or space I'm here on this earth for, and bring my light to those I meet and come in contact with because I want their future to be as beautiful as I envision for myself.

And, scary as it seems, I won't look back, except every once in a while, to glance at my four-footed shadow running close behind me, encouraging me to stay the course, acknowledging the wild woman I am, running with the wolves.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Bullshit Artist


written by Stephie Goldfish

          "Bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are."

                                         —Harry G. Frankfurt, American Philosopher

I wish this blog could be a continuation of my last blog, a follow-up story of where I was at just a month ago, where I spoke about getting to a new team of doctors, making progress in some of my personal goals. I wish I could say I was a little more stable than I was a month ago, that I finished the pastel portraiture I promised my poetess friend and her twin daughters.

And, it’s not like I’m telling these big fat lies, intentionally misleading everyone about what I’m doing, what I intend on doing. It’s not that I don’t know what I’m talking about. Honestly, I don’t want to come off as some protagonist bullshit artist obfuscating the truth, nor bringing about some perversion of the truth.


But, as well as my intentions have been, every single month, it’s like I’m back at zero, starting over, sometimes in a completely new environment, new city and state, different hotel or apartment. It’s as if I’m running on emergency mode all the time.

And this month, I find myself having ripped and ran back to my hometown in my home state, trying to come to some sense of it all. I’ve gone into a “loss and recovery” effort, trying to gain perspective before any more damage is done.

My sister and I have these ongoing discussions, which begin innocent and respectful of one another’s thoughts, beliefs, and worlds, but, before long, we are in a full blown argument, reached an impasse, and each of us clearly seeing matters in our own way, defending our positions, blaming each other for where we’re at today.

But my sister and I agreed, recently, we feel it’s more truthful to say I don’t have all the answers, I don’t know where else to turn, what else to say, what else to attempt that before long finds me feeling overwhelmed and detaching from my original intentions.

So, many promises are made and broken, and disappointment sets in.

I rarely say NO to people and their requests, and, in fact, I usually make a proposal first of promising something for someone, and sometimes decisions I make in a split second are what most persons would do, too, with no hesitation, they do what is needed at the time.

But I need to follow through on my YES replies, and when I do say NO, not feel guilt.

I’ve been told I have a Rescuer Archetype personality, but I need to accept my limitations, accepting my answer NO, or even NOT NOW.

Already, over the spring and summer, I’ve had shingles, bronchitis, and severe shortness of breath, more swollen lymph nodes, a respiratory/lung infection, and itchiness all over. And I began a new medicine which continues to cause acid reflux. The new medical team also recommended the Mediterranean Diet plan.

So, anyone can see where I need to focus my attention.

I wish I could know where I’ll be next month, what I’ll be doing. I wish I could know if my current situation will get stable where I can really concentrate on taking care of myself. But I don’t know. One of the steps to recovering, though, is to truly be honest with myself and accept things as they are now, just be.

And as long as I am still trying to better my circumstances, there is hope.

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The edited version of this post was published over at ACHA on September 19, 2013, with the title, Promises Made, Promises Broken.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Waiting On The Gods


written by Stephie Goldfish
Sometimes waiting is all one can do
When you’ve exhausted the gods with your cries and pleas.
And the waiting may seem in vain, until you get a clear
Answer.
In the storms, you hold on to a firmly rooted tree, until the tree
Is pulled from its foundation and you along with it.
And you are carried to a strange, but familiar, place.
So, you’re left standing, all alone, again, with nothing
Else to do but to wait, waiting for the next strong wind
That will carry you away from here.
If this is how you want to spend your life, drifting
Hither and thither, then, by all means, wait for the
Winds and storms to come, for they will.
But, I say to you, the gods won’t mind if you decide
Your own path, for they know you’ve been putting it off
Too long. Trust in that part of you that will guide and lead
You through the storms. They’ll come anyway, to test you
And knock you off your feet, again.
There’s no wrong in waiting, but I’m afraid you’ll become
so paralyzed you won’t be able to move when the time
for action is required of you.
While waiting on the gods to answer, you’ve missed
all the sunrises and the sunsets.