Don't have to always be strong

We don't always have to be strong to be strong.
Sometimes our strength is expressed
in being vulnerable.  Sometimes we need to
fall apart to regroup and stay on track.
We all have days when we cannot push any harder,
cannot hold back self-doubt, cannot stop
focusing on fear, cannot be strong.
There are days when we cannot focus on being responsible.
Occasionally, we don't want to get out of our pajamas.
Sometimes we cry in front of people.
We expose our tiredness, irritability, or anger.
Those days are okay.  They are just okay.
Part of taking care of ourselves means we give ourselves
permission to "fall apart" when we need to.
We do not need to be perpetual towers of strength.
We ARE strong.
We have proven that.
Our strength will continue
if we allow ourselves the courage
to feel scared, weak, and vulnerable when we need to
experience those feelings.
Today, help me to know that is it okay to allow myself
to be human.  Help me not to feel guilty or punish
myself when I need to "fall apart."

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