FREEDOM WARRIOR

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I have never been to war to fight for freedom.
But I have crossed onto foreign soil
to take a stand.

I have never walked in your shoes
or experienced what you have.
But I have walked in mine.

I have not seen for my own eyes
the devastation of what you have.
But I have seen pictures that attempt to capture history.

I can tell you this…

You are brave.
You have walked or been carried.
You may feel so much grief that it grips
you unexpectedly 
in moment of great distress.

You may do your best to try and not see
the images playing reruns in your mind
yet they still may only appear more vivid
in the darkness of night.

You are alive. Breathing.

They taught you.
To be strong.
To keep your emotions in check.
Now only to be encouraged to share and feel all that seems so hard to reach.

Why am I alive?
Why not me instead of him or her?
Would I be better off dead then here right now feeling half alive?

Seeing helplessness in the mirror.
Reflected back in another eyes.

Can you know freedom that you have fought for us to celebrate?

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How could She begin to possibly understand
or write about something that may bring hope or offer insight… when the furthest She has ever been away from home by HerSelf was 700 miles?

She does know of heart ache and loss.

Of loosing people close to Her due to accidents and sickness. Old age.
Of fighting personal battles in life with courage.

She has seen the devastation of cancer.
The ravages of a disease eating away at Her papa’s once handsome face.

She has Her own hidden emotional scars of feeling inadequate and afraid.
Feeling deep empathy for others that at times She cannot separate from HerSelf.

Yet She sits here in the bright morning sunlight.
Trusting.

The song of birds outside Her window.

How does this bring hope? Offer insight?
Through wielding of Her pencil as it etches its way across the page.

Why is She sitting here alone?
With a thought so distant from what She woke up with.

To write with such conviction
on a topic she feels strangely drawn to…

Grief.

The long held sorrow that carries itself within you for a love, a life you will never fully know again.

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Yet I write. As if I know first hand the battle scars you carry buried deep inside your soul. Darkening your spirit of trust. I applaud your bravery…

To take another breathe.
To take another step however painful.
To take another chance.

On living.
On yourself.
On life.

Thank you for your courageous bravery.

High Five to you Freedom Warrior!

©Te’ Werner
Revised excerpt from Trusting Warrior

© Photo
Te’ walking along the Klickitat Trail, WA

 

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COURAGE

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“It takes a great deal of courage” She said…

to rise up
to face your own self
to see your life as it is

to accept that you can forgive yourself
to embrace your own rising with joy
to acknowledge the triumph of this journey.

High Five to Your Triumph!

©2017 Te’ Werner
Excerpted from Rise & Shine

©2017 Photo
Te’ hiking Boulder Creek Canyon, CO

CRESCENT SHADOWS

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As She made Her way along the river’s edge…crescent shadows fell across Her path.

The solar eclipse
of the century.

Bringing forth a new light
as the sun fully shone once again.

New energy emerged from within Her…
as crescent shadows cast their magic spell.

She felt light emerge out of the darkness… 
creating space to take hold of ones dreams. 

Love filled the spaces where fear and anxiety wanted to linger…creating space

to understand
to accept what is a given
to forgive what feels hard to heal
to trust the magic of our journey unfolding as we celebrate triumph!

High Five to Your Journey!

©2017 Te’ Werner
Excerpt from Rise & Shine

©2017 Photo
Te’ Solar Eclipse ‘Leo’ New Moon along the river’s edge, Cowlitz River, WA

 

 

Trust Your Knowing

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“Trust the unfolding of your journey. Focus on what is within you…your knowing.”

What do you know
to be true
for you?

Who are you?

courageous
loving
kind
strong
committed
creative…

You are all of those things and so much more. Simply by being You.

“You above all know.”

High Five to Your Triumph!

©2017 Te’ Werner

©2017 Photo Te’
Summer Hike with Her Angel Bailey; Horse Heaven Hills, WA

 

 

 

 

BLESSING

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Glorious morning walk along the river’s edge…blessing each step and the journey that leads us to where we are going.

Thank you for sharing this writing journey of High Five to Triumph!

©2016 Te’ Werner

©2016 Photo
Te’ autumn morning walk…along the river’s edge

PIGEONHOLE

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Trying to pigeonhole oneself…into a defined space doesn’t fit.

For so many years we may have tried to pigeonhole ourselves into being a certain way.

Trying to fit into a box of our own making.
Perhaps feeling like we did not belong.

Somewhere along the way in our journey
may we find ways to be ourselves…

to not be defined by a space that no longer exists.

High Five to Your Triumph!

©2016 Te’ Werner
Excerpted from RISE & SHINE

©Photo Te’s journal writing

MAGICAL JOY

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Surround yourself with love…
as you celebrate magical moments of #purejoy.

Walking seems to clear the way for words to take hold for ones writing…
Even better to be sharing a bit of river magic with dear family visiting on holiday.

High Five to Your Triumph!

©2016 Te’ Werner

©2016 Te’ along the rivers edge with her angel Bailey & her precious Canadian cousins