Thursday, November 18, 2010

Carry Your Scars Well...

I had an ex-girlfriend who told me: "If you hadn't had all those broken noses your face would be too boring..."

"In the clearing stands a boxer, and a fighter by his trade, and he carries the reminders of every glove that laid him down..."
~ The Boxer [Simon and Garfunkel]

We all have our scars, and each of them tell a story.
They are the physical remnants of our past and the reminders that we can actually 'see'.
Of course we have mental scars from our wounds (both mental and physical) too.
These wounds and resulting scars are all part of the grand journey that is life. If we are to honour ourselves and value our journey we must also begin to honour our scars. We must begin to 'carry our scars well'.

Within an archetype of the warrior (male or female) scars can almost be seen as badges of honour for battles well fought.
They can also be the reminders of naivety, ignorance and stupidity and serve to help keep us safe in future (if we only pay attention to the learning!) and where they still pain us they can be the messages from the body saying "Hey - there's some more learning to do here!"

And in whatever form they currently are they can become those signs that show where we have been, and when we have come to peace with the journey that has been, and the journey that is ahead, we can begin to 'wear our scars well' peace.

Plus chicks dig scars....

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