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On Speaking Up…

Published August 29, 2014 by Jamie Barone

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An excerpt from my forthcoming book, Living From A Place of Authentic Love and Freedom, by Jamie Barone

“There was a time in my life, actually, most of my life, where I allowed myself to be a doormat. I allowed myself to be disrespected and mistreated. I would allow myself to be diminished and even excluded from things that I was a part of and were important to me without feeling that I could speak up for myself. 

I was easily intimidated. I was fearful of conflict or approaching anything important to me, as the negative judgments and belittlement of my feelings from others would crush me. I always allowed others to take front row, shine in the spotlight, and exclude me, while I patiently hid away in the shadows nowhere to be seen. I felt invisible.

I’m positive this was born out of my upbringing from a very young age, one in which I was not allowed to speak up for myself, one in which I lived in fear of erratic punishment, of angering another, of abandonment and rejection. This is not to blame another, but rather to understand where I go to shed light of truth upon the lies that were instilled in me. This removes any victim mentality and turns it into empowerment. I have the power in me, the right, the worth, the value, to speak up for myself… to Lovingly and courageously speak up for myself. Yes.

And as I grow in awareness and remain open to this growth, I continue to find more and more opportunities which bring to me the very lessons I need, in order to strengthen that courage and lose that fear of speaking up. Yes, during these moments, they may feel difficult, but as I move through them, as I learn and grow, as I take action through the fear, through the insecurity, I began to feel more and more empowered… more and more of who I truly am. And I can feel the broken pieces of my soul begin to come together again.

It is okay to be powerful.

It is okay to express yourself.

It is okay to shine.

It is okay to be you.”

Love,
Jamie

Courage (Self-Love)…

Published April 4, 2014 by Jamie Barone

This is for anyone who has suffered through the damage of abuse. Please know that you are worthy – you are valuable – you are beautiful. You have more strength than you can even comprehend. You are a Mighty Warrior!! You deserve so much better. You have a beautiful life awaiting you… keep walking… one step at a time… and you will walk right into your most beautiful life. And always remember, you are never ever alone!!  I promise.

couragHis cold afflictive words
Chills me to the bone.
The pleasure in his eyes,
Pleased with what he’s done.

My tear stained face
So swollen and tender.
My heart so deeply aches,
He is the great pretender.

I long for days and nights
Filled with comfort and delight.
I long for sweet Loving words
And for safety in being heard.

The damage that is done
Has only just begun,
As the cruelty just goes on,
And on… and on…

Trying to escape,
Frightening to say the least,
Searching deep inside for courage
To flee this brutal beast.

The mental chains that bind,
He so carefully locked with key.
On my knees pleading, God,
Please… please help me…

One small step at a time
The courage finally comes.
Thanking God for the strength inside
That warms me like the sun.

I hold my head up high,
Escape is finally near.
My heart is finally beating now,
My way appearing clearer.

Moving forward in my life,
Having finally caught my breath
This world is truly beautiful,
I have so much life to live…

I have so much life to live…

© Jamie Barone

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