When you’ve worked hard to become the person you are. . .
When you’ve released way too much so you can be free. . .
When you’ve spent countless seconds, minutes, hours in prayer and in wise counsel. . .
When you’ve forgiven yourself for so many failures that you didn’t even realize at the time were failures. . .
When you’ve forgiven yourself for so many of other people’s failures that you believed were yours. . .
And forgiven them once you realized. . .
When you’ve rebuilt yourself from the inside out intentionally. . .
And fought past excuses. . .
And fought past blame. . .
And given YOURSELF the closure that you needed. . .
When you’ve learned acceptance and how to live within it and still hold onto yourself. . .
When you’ve learned to love yourself unconditionally. . .
And not allow others to determine how and how much you love you. . .
When you’ve studied yourself. . .
And learned yourself. . .
And study continuously to stay abreast of the latest advances in you-ology. . .
When you’ve labored intensively at establishing boundaries. . .
And enforcing them. . .
Not only with others, but also with yourself. . .
When you’ve figured out and are confident in what you have to offer the world. . .
And you’ve figured out what is valuable to you. . .
And what you can vs what you will not accept. . .
And FINALLY, when you VALUE the body of work that YOU have accomplished. . .
Because it is tedious, painstaking, emotional work. . .
. . . .You will not let just any ole body take residence in your mind, your spirit, your life. . .
And dismantle everything that it took your soul to build. . .