THE NECESSITY OF TRUTH

My Right Arm (In Truth) 048 (768x1024) (2)I HAVE CHALLENGED MYSELF

NOT TO GLOSS OVER

THE LESS ATTRACTIVE ASPECTS OF MY PRESENT LIFE

WHAT I FACE EACH MORNING UPON ARISING

IS AMAZINGLY DIFFICULT

AND BEYOND BELIEF MARVELOUS.

VULNERABILITY IS BALANCED BY

THE NEED TO BE STRONG.

I MUST BE HUMBLE ENOUGH

TO DEPEND ON FAMILY AND FRIENDS

FOR TRIPS TO REHAB,

TO THE GROCERY STORE, ETC…

WHILE HERE AT HOME,

JUST FUNCTIONING

IS MANAGED ON MY OWN.

WHEN SHOWERING,

ONE ARM HANGS LIMPLY, LONGING TO ASSIST

THE OVER-WORKED AND WEARY LEFT.

DRYING REQUIRES TWO TOWELS

AND A MOTHER’S PATIENCE.

MY LESS DOMINIANT ARM IS NOW A MOTHER TO

THE FLEDGLING LEFT BEHIND BY SURGERY.

SHE DOES HER BEST TO NOURISH AND

TO REASSURE HER NEARLY HELPLESS CHILD.

SHE USES UP HER DOUBTFUL STRENGTH

IN SERVICE TO THE FLEDGLING ARM.

SHE TRUSTS THE TASKS TO EVEN UP IN TIME.

THE NURTURED ONE

WILL STRENGTHEN AND RECOVER HOPE.

THE OVERWHELMING STRUGGLE WILL DIMINISH.

AS WILL THE TEARS…

THE PAIN OF SIMPLY MANAGING EACH DAY WILL FADE,

AND GLIMPSES OF ONE’S WHOLENESS WILL BE POSSIBLE.

Self-portrait Silhouette in painting with bird head (arm) 026 (695x1024) (2)

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4 Responses to “THE NECESSITY OF TRUTH”

  1. Kendall Says:

    Incredibly moving, Leif. Thank you for telling the truth, hard as it is.

  2. leiflife Says:

    Thank you for repeatedly reminding me of the value to be found in telling the truth.

  3. Playamart - Zeebra Designs Says:

    twice i’ve dealt with shoulder injuries, and twice i realized how difficult it is to do simple tasks, like hammering a nail in the wall or sweeping the floor. one switches from pull-over clothes to ones that are easier to take on or off.
    i hope that your recovery is going well.
    lisa/z

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