I know this probably still seems like a lot... but I culled it down from over 900!
Change -- "Change isn't one simple choice. It's a process of a series of steps."
What Do You Do With the Hole? -- "Eventually, with nothing else to fill it with, I just filled it back up."
Becoming is Hard -- A poem of sorts about the pain of Becoming.
Making Others Change -- Have you ever been in relationship with someone and thought "If I could just get them to change this?"
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Masks and Being Yourself
Behind the Mask -- Who would you be if you took off your mask?
Beautiful Girl -- Did you know that you are beautiful? Yes, you.
Choose Who You Are -- "You get to be who you want to be. You get to choose who that is."
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You Mean Something to Me -- "To mean something, it feels important. It means we have a reason for being. A reason for getting up every day."
Love Isn't About Competition -- You get to choose what you put your time into... are the relationships you're putting time into right now worth the investment?
What You Put Up With -- "They say that what you put up with is what you end up with. What are you putting up with?"
Accepting People Where They Are -- Thoughts on loving people for who they are and where they are right now...
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There Is Hope -- When your heart breaks and your soul cries out, There is hope.
Everything Has Been Done Before -- If history repeats itself... what's the point?
Word of the Day: Hope -- Sometimes hope is all we have to hold onto... A piece written when a friend was quite ill.
Lost in Darkness -- For when the darkness is too overwhelming...
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Hurt and Healing
Scars Left Behind -- "...a scar is never ugly. That is what the scarmakers want us to think. But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty... Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, 'I survived.'"
It's Okay to Hurt -- "It's okay to hurt and it's okay that it hurts to smile and it's okay if you cry over stupid things"
Picking Up When You've Lost -- Starting again when you've been broken...
You Will Come Back -- "Over time, I came back to myself. Because you do. That season of heartache doesn't last forever, and you eventually come back to yourself."
Forgiveness When You're Still Hurting -- How do you forgive when you're still hurting deeply for the offense?
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Facing the Truth -- The pain in facing truths that we just don't want to!
Let Go of Your Yesterday -- What are you holding onto?
I'm Glad I Walked Away -- Sometimes you have to let go of unhealthy friendships
Letting Go Bit by Bit -- Do you let go all at once? Or can you only stand it a little teensy bit at a time?
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Bravery -- "Baby, being brave isn't about not being afraid. Being brave is about being afraid but doing what you're afraid of, anyway."
Don't Wait -- "Why do we let fear stop us from saying the things our hearts beg us to say?"
Vulnerable Girl -- "I hope you know that your vulnerable heart does not make you weak. But, it makes you incredibly strong."
When I Get Mad -- When other emotions lie underneath your anger...
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A Simple Thought -- Kindness when people hurt you...
Guts to Be Kind -- "It's being kind to the people you don't like, the people who rub you wrong, the people you don't agree with, the people who do things that you just don't understand... that's the hard part."
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Trust and Forgiveness
Tearing Down the Walls -- Learning to trust again after you've built up walls to protect yourself...
I Can't Trust You -- What if it's yourself that you can't trust?
Trust Is Like a Vase -- "It takes a long time to piece trust back together. It's a possible thing, but it's a slow, long process -- one that requires time and patience, mutual commitment and more time."
Challenge of Forgiveness -- "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." -- Mahatma Gandhi
Forgiven but Not Forgotten -- Do you struggle with being trusting, forgiving, AND wise? Me too.
Just Because They Hurt You Once -- "...if we keep on going, keeping people at arm's length, being wary of what they could do to us... where does that leave us?"
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Thursday Tales Flash Fiction
The Mirror -- The morning after a couple's devastating fight... "'Maybe we're over, then.' Had he really said those words? Had I imagined them?"
Dari Mart and Paris -- Two young women... one afraid to dream.
The Mutant -- Poor Abby... the reluctant human queen of Fairyland. A cute one that always makes me smile.
Girl in the Picture -- When the girl in the picture speaks... you should listen.
The Muse -- Another of my favorites... She goes to the park every week to watch him paint and write him into her stories. What would he do if he knew?
Waiting for a Boy -- A teenage girl's attempt to create opportunity for love...
At Your Feet -- "How did you make it past my defenses? I really thought that I had built them too high for anyone to climb over. That I was impenetrable. and yet here I am, lying at your feet."
Watching Her Sleep -- They can't be together... but neither can he bear to let her go.
Starting to Like You -- "I'm starting to like you and it scares me. Until now, it didn't matter. You were just a person and I was just a person, and we were just two persons living in the same world, not mattering to each other. It didn't matter if we messed up or if one of us thought the other person was weird or crazy. Because we were just two people. Two people who didn't matter."
The Quiet Girl -- It's the quiet ones you have to look out for, isn't it?
These were the hardest for me to narrow down... So many of them hold bits and pieces of my heart. You can find more of them under Thursday Tales up at the top of every page.