Abused Women

This article never fails to inspire me. The words Veronica wrote here touch abused women to the very core…and enable healing to begin. Read it, feel it, make it part of your wardrobe…and please pass it on to other women who need the hope of a better life. Thank you!

After a while…you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand
and chaining a soul
and you learn…
that love doesn’t mean leaning
and company doesn’t always mean security.
And you begin to learn
that kisses aren’t contracts
and presents aren’t promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up high and your eyes ahead
with the grace of a woman
not the grief of a child
and you learn…
to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn…
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting
for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn…
that you really can endure
that you really are strong
and you really do have worth
and you learn…
and you learn…
with every goodbye, you learn.
~by Veronica A. Shoffstall
[This is a repeat of an earlier post. It was found in an old Dear Abby column. I believe it warrants reposting now and again for abused women everywhere who need advice.]