When the Love Revealed Stories blog was new, the first few guest posts were by authors of our book, Mother-Daughter Memories: Love Revealed. They brought forth reflections on how writing their own real life stories had affected them. Intriguing and compassionate dimensions are revealed in the writers’ posts as well as in the comments evoked in those who read the posts and the highlighted essays in the book.
The first of these was Sheila Foster’s A Writer on Writing & an Invitation, from Sheila and it was re-posted on June 27, 2013.
Today you will see Nancy Kern’s post, The Way Out Is Through, including the comments. It was first published on our original blog January 29th, 2012. “Thirst” is her essay in Mother-Daughter Memories: Love Revealed.
In addition, please see Nancy’s update in the Comments section. She shares today from her perspective of 2 years later – revealing more love and profound changes!
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Post title: The Way Out Is Through
Dena’s call for submissions on the Mother-Daughter relationship appealed to me right away.
For 2 or 3 weeks of obsessive writing, I polished a clever, driving, staccato piece. Draft after draft took me deeper into my ancient pain and repressed infant rage. Giving voice to that was so satisfying.
My righteous outrage, well placed and uncensored, was like an arrow hitting the bullseye. I passed through a purifying fire of transformation. The way out of Hades is arduous. Rage got me there, but grieving got me out.
I wrote the final essay, “Thirst,” from a place of raw vulnerability. I took the armor off, a huge personal risk.
Following the trail of my authentic emotions was an arduous journey that eventually landed me home, in my heart. I arrived at a deeper level of compassion for my mother and myself, and for all mothers and daughters.
Before I wrote “Thirst,” I wanted to feel compassion, but it took effort. Now compassion just is.
Biographies for all of our Love Revealed authors are on our site, www.LoveRevealedStories.com.
We welcome your comments, also. Maybe you have something to share about your own mother-daughter relationship. Maybe you would like to leave a message for Nancy Kern.