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  1. Paula Daisy Medicine Flower 3 months ago

    Failure? Ha Ha, I have always been of the mentality that there is no failures, only learning opportunities. In my mid 20s I dated an abusive man. Obviously it did not start out this way. He sold drugs out of our apartment when I was at work busting my ass as a full time+ RN & full time+ college student working on my BS degree. When I found out and called him on it, he held me down with a huge deep sea dive knife to my throat & choked me so hard & long I passed out AND had a black & blue ring around my neck for 10 days. That was the end of our relationship. 29 years later, we are from the same home town, I still speak to him, treat him kindly, etc. It drives my parents, sisters, & friends crazy. I chuckle and tell them he is the one who lost out on me, a good person, and I learned lots of lessons. #1 not putting up with that BullShit! When I left my husband, I prepped my kids by reading stories & telling stories that were about holistic ending of marriages. I told them it was a success because I / we had them and I was wise enough to get out before my soul was crushed. I live 1 1/2 miles from their Dad and we all have good relationships. It was tough at first, he was not happy at all that I was leaving, but it has settled in and things are good 9 years later.

  2. DaQua 3 months ago

    My apologies to you all as I have only just found the comments box beneath the live replays. To date I haven’t been able to join live calls and whilst I have linked in through Slack I felt I wasn’t contributing to the class – until now! Thank you Dakota for flagging up the comments box in this session.
    Firstly thank you all for sharing – each one of your stories resonates & act as mirrors almost – so many lessons and validations from listening to each of you. Thank you.

    Failures – this is a tough one to answer because I have naturally, for as long as I can, or choose to recall, strived to reframe perceived failures into positives. I don’t believe we necessarily experience deep learning from getting things right. I tell my children ( adults now) that our biggest lessons come from things that go wrong. Everything in life has an opposite effect – we just need to look more closely to find it sometimes in daily life & that’s okay too. Failure is something that I feel is constructed socially and implies weakness and self blame not necessarily responsibility, learning & growth – not helpful, unless as you all shared today, we can turn it around by finding the lesson/s in it. I’ve gone one step further in my own life and not even used the word failure at all – just maybe more learning to do.

    Notre Dame – I found myself holding my breath almost as I listened to the discussion around this recent event, as I wondered what people would say and what people had felt. I watched a video footage as the spire collapsed and immediately felt that this was so symbolic of the current affairs within the church and I actually felt in that moment – ‘now all the world can see your fall from grace.’ Fire cleanses and releases and allows for transformation – something the catholic church in my opinion sorely needs. I should add that I was brought up and educated as a catholic and my convent school days were the happiest years of my schooling and allowed me my first joyous dance with spirituality. But even as a young person so much of the religious dogma & teachings did not sit easily with me because they did not reflect life as I knew it or felt it should be.

  3. Mara 3 months ago

    Sorry I missed the live call(s) this week. I want to thank everyone for sharing a piece of their story. My whole life I have been a perfectionist and I always feel like, “it’s me against the clock.” Time has always been my greatest failure. I feel this more so now then ever trying to balance being a mom, a student in this mentorship, a wife, a nurse who works full time, taking care of a house & two dogs & the list goes on. I have endless creative projects half finished, barely started or in thought form. I have to-do-lists on my phone, in my purse & in my workbook. As of recently I feel that these lists … These deadlines … Are like a knife at my throat. My life has become task orientated vs. living and certainly not enjoying. As of recently I have slowly been moving away from being so regimented and anal and learning to flow more. Granted I need to pace and prioritize things but if Zoey’s (my dog) haircut doesn’t get done this week or I can’t get ever assignment for class done or I can’t practice the harp every single day … It’s not the end of the world. As long as everyone is healthy and content w/ happy memories being made … That’s what matters the most … Not my pressure driven list. So … As much as it is ingrained in me to want to put that pen to the paper and start numbering all of the things I need to tackle (both realistic and not) … I am going to refrain for awhile. I just want to be in this moment and flowing with what is. If that means doing the dishes great, but if it means building a Lego airplane with my son that’s even better and takes presidence over all else. Things will get done …. Eventually!

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