Small Towns & Big Cities

It is said that there are six degrees of separation between each person on Earth. I imagine this number is reduced as the geographic area focuses in.

Yesterday, I met a woman with the same last name as my grandmother’s birth family; an unusual name. Of course I asked her more questions, and her husband’s family is from the same part of the state. We were excited about the potential connection.

Then much later, after she left, I realized the power of gossip and prejudice within that community. Though not quite as bad as the Hatfield’s & McCoy’s, this part of the family holds grudges…for generations. 

My grandmother’s mental illness caused many rifts within the family. This is the same grandmother who took her own life, while her father died after being shot in the back in 1952. For more of the backstory see: Unraveling the Stigma: Bipolar Disorder.

So I’m now wondering if the woman I met will see past it, or allow herself to fall into the notions of crazy, canceling her remaining appointments. 

Guess time will tell!

Namaste

__/|\__ Metta

Image mc escher via Google 

Published by Tiffany

Writing out my thoughts has helped me to gain a new perspective of myself. In sharing these writings, it is my hope to help others to better understand themselves. It is my belief that with each of us who chooses this path of greater understanding of thy self, that it inspires others to do the same. This building momentum is the force that drives me to share, for in my vulnerability, I find my strength. I believe that you can also find yours there. ~~~In reading some of my posts, you will see that growth is not always pretty. It is in breaking apart and coming undone that a seed sprouts and breaks free of its own captivity. It is also out of mud that the lotus blossoms. ~~~Please join me in seeing the beauty of growth within the deconstruction of our limiting beliefs. ~~T.C.

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