This weekend, I was invited to a party by my friend, Sharon. Think beautiful dresses, candles, the dark sea stretching ahead of us, a balcony set for sixty people, wine and laughter.
So much fun. And something amazing happened. Sharon leaned toward me, with absolute confidence, and told me that someone she loved was overseas.
“He’s off slaying dragons,” she said. “But he’ll be home soon.”
I can’t describe what I learned in that moment, but I want to try. Because all of us — every single one — we all have dragons.
Mine are probably different from yours.
Maybe it’s confidence, and you need more but you don’t know where you’re going to get it. Or a tough time at work. Kids you love who are breaking your heart with their sadness. Someone is unwell. Maybe that ‘someone’ is you.
Money dragons. Fear dragons. Dragons of desire for something you can’t have, and the dragon is eating you up with worry and need.
I decided, in that moment, that I would think of myself as a dragon slayer.
Strong. Brave. Alive.
I want to live from a place of courage and strength. I want to choose the kind of person I’ll be…no matter what life hands me.
We can’t control the dragons. But this week, we can decide to go off and try to slay them.
And get back home soon.
Enjoy your Sunday, everyone. Have some fun, and be fun to live with.
Love Catherine x
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