To the Strong Women In My Life (and All Over)

I woke up this morning with such a great love
for the women in my life.
Strong women.
The pain they’ve been through.
And to still be smiling,
and laughing,
and supportive,
and loving –
that takes strength.
I used to withdrawal from them during hard times.
Their love.
Anyone’s love, really.
But I’ve learned during times like that,
especially during times like that,
I need to go to them.
The strong women in my life (and all over),
they know pain.
And they’ll help you back up.
Without the judgement and
constant criticism,
so many are prone to.
That’s what you don’t need.
You need love to help you heal.
And that’s what they are.
And I’m grateful.

-Sonja Jackson, OpenHeartTin

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