I want to live like that

The last few months have been a difficult time for me. People I care for turned away from me, and those I thought were friends cast themselves against me and sought to harm others I care for.

When we are beset by hurtful words and harmful actions it is easy to respond in kind. You see the enemy charging towards you and draw your sword, ready your shield. Your blood starts pumping as you reach deep into your self-righteous anger to unfurl a battle cry.

Yet with any battle the outcome is certain – both combatants will be wounded, the body and heart forever scarred through the altercation. And when the fighting is over and the righteous anger has cooled even the victor will be haunted by ghosts of their aggression.

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Indeed battle – especially with those you once cared for – can only end in defeat.

This morning I was listening to a song by Sidewalk Prophets called ‘Live Like That’. In the chorus they sing these words as they refer to a radiant and perfect creator:

I want to live like that
And give it all I have
So that everything I say and do points to you

Whether or not you believe in a god, or a Christian God this is a powerful exhortation to our better nature. That our thoughts, and words, and actions point to something more glorious, offer a glimpse of something more perfect.

I want to live like that.

At times in our community we come across others we disagree with – those who despite walking the transgender path are different from us. It can be appealing to cast them as an enemy to be defeated. Even as I bring my former friends in the transgender community to heart who wish us harm, it is tempting to feel ill will towards them.

I encourage you, as I encourage myself, to find love and compassion. The transgender journey is hard. One of the hardest I know. They bear hurts, and challenges, and scars too. Even amidst hurtful words and hurtful actions, they are still our family.

I pray their path is blessed.

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Robyn Drake
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Robyn Drake (@robyn99)
1 month ago

Thank you Vanessa, good lessons for us all.

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DeDee Demore
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DeDee Demore (@dedee)
1 month ago

Thank You for your words of encouragement.
Some people get irrational and their opinion is the only thing that matters.
For me kindness is the only way to go for their lack of understanding and let the cards fall where they may.

Jennifer McCrennaugh
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Jennifer McCrennaugh (@jennifermcc)
1 month ago

Thank you for this. It’s true in every instance, from wars to family squabbles. Sometimes conflict is necessary but it’s never good. God Bless.

skippy1965 Cynthia
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skippy1965 Cynthia (@skippy1965)
1 month ago

Amen-I never truly HATE anyone. Doing so only hurts me.
Cyn

CC Webb
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CC Webb (@cloughied)
1 month ago

Sometimes I wish I could just grab them all up like a mom who has heard enough of the squabbling and love them into a peaceful state. Thank you for providing a safe haven for us all who find CDH and TGH a place to share our lives and find support among peers.

Prudence Caribeaus
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Prudence Caribeaus (@prudence)
1 month ago

Thank You Vanessa!! I try to leave the hard feelings behind.But I still need to work at it. Reading this has helped!! TY Pru

Last edited 1 month ago by Prudence
Gisela Claudine
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Gisela Claudine (@firefly)
1 month ago

Thank you Vanessa. I want to live like that.
Sometimes life surprises us with cheap blows. We have to bring out the best in ourselves to heal our wounds and survive the tough challenges we face every day.
Hurtful words can’t be picked up. It only remains to act wisely and forget them, so you can move forward.

Gisela

Phoebe Rose
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Phoebe Rose (@phoebepink)
1 month ago

Vanessa,

Thanks for sharing this. The unnecessary acrimony can be heartbreaking. I appreciate your feelings and your thoughts!

Hugs,

Phoebe

Rhonda Roe...
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Rhonda Roe... (@rhondaxxx)
1 month ago

Very Positive and uplifting message. I try to Live that daily.

Hilda Beaumont
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Hilda Beaumont (@hildaruth)
1 month ago

Am about to start living on my own and taking my journey forward. I don’t want to transition but do want to acknowledge the HIldaRuth within. I am fortunate to have my family’s support. We all know it won’t be easy. Your post was uplifting for me, reminding me I can and should reach out to my creator in good times and bad. Thank you. HRx

Hilda Beaumont
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Hilda Beaumont (@hildaruth)
1 month ago
Reply to  Vanessa Law

Thank you Vanessa. I’ll remember your writing

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