I have been gifted with some wonderful healing journey companions. Along with my spouse and family there are a couple of guys, survivors like me, whom I speak with almost every week.  Today in a conversation one said to me: “You don’t have to suffer.”  At that moment I realized he had hit the nail on the head.  You don’t deserve to suffer.  Often there is a voice whispering in my ear that I deserve to suffer, that suffering is the way for me, that it is what is normal for me.  I know the whispered message is a lie.  You don’t deserve to suffer!

Do you feel like suffering is just your lot in life sometimes?  Now don’t get me wrong. I believe every life includes some suffering.  Life is hard and includes times of pain and suffering.  But life is so much more.  In my healing I am learning about joy, love, intimacy, happiness and peace.  Like the challenges of life, these are not with me all the time.  Yet they are a part of living.

You are worthy of every drop of sweetness and ease that you encounter.” 

Alexandra Elle says: “You are worthy of every drop of sweetness and ease that you encounter.”  You are worthy, just as you are, right now, of love, of peace, of joy.  You are worthy.   Maybe this is what should be written on the mirror we see ourselves in each morning, our message to start the day: You don’t deserve to suffer. You are worthy of every drop of sweetness.  Remember this because it is true.

MenHealing has published videos from the Beyond Survival: Stories of Healing events. Here is a chance to watch 12 brave men share their stories.  In future blogs I will share interviews with some of those men.  Check them out.

Remember you are worthy of every drop of sweetness. Do something good for yourself today. Find a moment to experience the sweetness of life.

Be well.  Stay safe. Take good care.

Mike

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