Thursday, August 25, 2011

You Become...

I love this passage from The Velveteen Rabbit because it is such a good reminder to continue in the process of being real.  In a world that values "nice" over kind, smooth over wrinkly, and young over old- for me it's a daily choice to show up and be real.  Some days are more successful than others, but I can only hope that as I practice being myself and loving who I am, being real will be the only choice that makes sense.

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real, you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out, and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

No comments:

Post a Comment