Tag Archives: overcoming

FMM 9 28 18 Sipple out there

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou. Jamaicans (and maybe many other people), tend to blame many of their symptoms on gas.  Shoulder pain? Gas.  Chest pain? Gas.  Of course, the obvious ones like bloating and cramping, also gas.  In England the term for passing gas (flatulence, […]

FMM 9 8 17 Silencing Critics

“We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.”~ Carl Jung. To those of us who grew up trying to please others, the opinion of others matters far too much.  Children whose parents have a particular standing in the community (here I am thinking of parsons and teachers) grow up […]

FMM 6 24 16 In the Dark

“Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom” ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  “Use your common sense, child!”  I remember being told this when I was young.  I imagine it was said in exasperation by one or other of my parents, probably in response to some obvious question I had asked.  Perhaps a […]

FMM 7 24 15 Shadow Boxing

“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” ~ W. Clement Stone. Metaphors and allegories.  My father used some phrases that I grew up hearing, and often not understanding.  “You have to box dicey” he would say.  From the context I eventually realized it meant to be careful, watch your step.  I don’t think he was […]

FMM 1 16 15 What’s your Excuse?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” ~ Marianne Williamson   As a child I was raised with the expectation that no matter what, I would always do my best.  That gave me a work ethic that demanded that any job I was […]

FMM 5 30 14 Rise up This Morning

“But still like dust, I’ll rise” ~ Maya Angelou.   What a legacy!  What imagery; such vivid use of metaphor.  Lines that sing, phrases that sway, Maya Angelou’s words have inspired countless women, girls, men, human beings all over the world for over fifty years.  And they will continue to live on in books, on […]