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Taking Herself Lightly

Bound by years of self-doubt
Anchored by pain
Tied down by fears
Hemmed in by censure
Rooted by guilt
Was she.

She was
Giving too much away
Attempting to buy love
Trying too hard
Laughing too loud
Whistling in the dark.

Deep sorrow
Her companions.

Until one day
She had had enough.

Reaching deep within
She found

Her way out.

One step at a time
One day at a time
She let go
Taking herself lightly
Leaving the past behind
Making the present count
Home free.

(100 words – Linking into the Write Tribe prompt of last Saturday).

Photo Credit: lorenkerns via Compfight cc

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. ~ G K Chesterton

To be happy we must let go of our attachment to the past and to hurtful experiences. We must stop pinning our happiness on people, on things, on circumstances. When things don’t go the way we want them to, we allow them to bog us down.

We hold on to feelings – and sadly, not very positive ones. Regret, guilt, loneliness become addictions. They become our comfort zone. We’re almost unhappy to be happy! How ironic, but true.

There must come a time when we let it all go. Leave it behind. Fly towards happiness. Experience freedom.

I’m glad I was able to begin that flight. Are you on that flight path too?


I was tagged by Lata of Lata Wonders to take part in the 3-day Quote Challenge. Thank you, Lata. Glad to take it up.

The rules for the 3 Day Quote Challenge are simple.

  1. Post a favorite quote of yours for 3 consecutive days, obviously a different quote each day from any book, any author of your choice. It could also be your own quote.
  2. Nominate 3 bloggers with each post to challenge them.
  3. Thank the person who nominated you.

Today it’s my pleasure to nominate:

  1. Mackenzie of  Reflections From Me.
  2.  Sue of Sizzling Towards Sixty.
  3. Parul of  Happiness and Food.


  1. Vishal Bheeroo Vishal Bheeroo June 28, 2015

    Corinne, the words are not only captivating and beautiful but gently shows how we give ourselves false hope in the market of love. A sad reality. Once gain, I’ll say inspiring for l love each word, gently weaved with so much affection. Superb:)

  2. […] you Madhavi and Corinne for nominating me for the 3-Day Quote Challenge and today is Day 3. How much I loved this […]

  3. Parul Parul June 25, 2015

    Thanks for nominating Corinne. Here is my Day 1 post 🙂

  4. Carol Cassara Carol Cassara June 24, 2015

    Ah, beautiful. So beautiful. And who among us hasn’t felt this way?

  5. Alex Alex June 24, 2015

    In this poem, the whole process of self-improvement is summarized:-). Yes, one should first “have enough” to want to “reach deep within”. But one should also remember that it all (“reaching” – that is, self-improvement) should be done “one step at a time, one day at a time” – then one won’t overstrain oneself, won’t give up – and will finally find “love, belief, trust, hope, faith, gratitude, self-love, openess, authenticity, laughter, one’s way out”. What a great poem!

  6. G Angela G Angela June 24, 2015

    Wow ! Corinne ! this went straight to my heart, giving an affirmation to what you mentioned, thank you for sharing this beautiful post.

  7. Balroop Singh Balroop Singh June 24, 2015

    Lovely poem…one step forward! That is the way! I like your choice of the picture Cori, symbolic of hope and happiness. Freedom from all those fears and emotions that must have stifled her!

  8. Tara Schiller Tara Schiller June 24, 2015

    Love love love your poem. Beautiful.

  9. Lata Lata June 24, 2015

    Corinne, your posts must surely be helping many souls in need of a light showing them the way.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | June 24, 2015

      I’m hoping so, Lata! I know writing helps me, at least!

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