Failed relationships, heartache, trauma, and fear can leave us consistently bracing ourselves emotionally – shrinking away from meeting new people, goals and experiences much like our pupils shrink when we emerge from a dark movie theater into bright sunlight.
As an adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and even dating violence, my heart was closed down tighter than Fort Knox for a very long time.
Open Seldom does life slow down long enough for us to cognitively recognize if we are living it openly – approaching it with our arms, our hearts and our souls open; unafraid to take chances; unafraid of success or of failure, and unafraid of the opinions and perceptions of others.
Seriously, who has time to think about that psycho-babble bullshit, anyway?
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Foshee, Kim Dixon, Ling Yin-Chang, Susan Ennett, Beth Moracco, Michael Bowling and Jennifer L. DATING MATTERS: UNDERSTANDING TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION, Kevin Jennings, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Office on Violence Against Women, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, May 3, 2010. FAMILIAL INFLUENCES ON DATING VIOLENCE VICTIMIZATION AMONG LATINO YOUTH (abstract), H. MOMS AND TEENS FOR SAFE DATES STUDY OVERVIEW, North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health, December 15, 2010. (special collection), Patty Branco, National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women, Harrisburg, PA: updated January 2017.
Brown, Feroz Moideen and Jay Silverman, DATING ABUSE PREVENTION IN TEENS OF MOMS WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROTECTION ORDERS, Vangie A. Lee and Chiravath Suchindran, THE EXPERIENCE OF DATING VIOLENCE AMONG LATINO ADOLESCENTS, Chiara Sabina and Carlos Cuevas, Penn State Harrisburg, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education and Northeastern University, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, April 2013. INTERVENTION IN SCHOOL HEALTH CENTERS IS EFFECTIVE IN COUNSELING TEENS ABOUT ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS, CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL OF PITTSBURGH OF UPMC STUDY FINDS, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA: December 22, 2014. NONVIOLENT ASPECTS OF INTERPARENTAL CONFLICT AND DATING VIOLENCE AMONG ADOLESCENTS (abstract), Jeanne M. POWER AND CONTROL IN DATING RELATIONSHIPS, Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, adapted from the Power and Control Wheel developed by Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, Duluth, MN.
Our days are so jam packed they tick by faster than a hummingbird’s heart rate.
In my old age, however, I’ve come to realize, the importance of taking the time to do exactly that – to not only think about being open, but to actively work on being open.