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Lessons from a Recovering Doormat

I was unhappy for many years as I struggled to come up for air in the midst of people pleasing. I felt like I was lost, even though I knew how to get to the place I lived. But I couldn’t find me—the real me who had talent and deserved to be happy. I wanted be happy but didn’t know how to change my patterns. It felt like I was wandering around in unfamiliar territory as I tried to find my way.

And I eventually did find my way! As I felt much stronger, I looked back on how my life used to be and realized I’d been lost, but I found myself, embraced the me I always wanted to be and was living happily with that newfound self-love and feeling that life is wonderful. I wrote a poem about how I felt and want to share it here. It’s called Lost & Found, because I was lost in my DoorMat days and am grateful that I found me and the enlightenment I have today. Learning to love me was my key to leaving that hazy place of putting everyone else’s needs in front of my own, and going to a place where I was clear about the joy of loving myself enough to make me happy! Here’s the poem.

Lost & Found

Yesterday I was lost.
Today I’m finding
the promise
of the little girl,
who used to be scared.

Yesterday I was lost.
Today I’m finding
that dreams,
even the highest,
can be realized.

Yesterday I was lost.
Today I’m finding
the daughter, wife, mother
is now a woman,
in her own right

Yesterday I was lost.
Today I’m finding
that peacefulness
begins with peace,
within yourself.

Yesterday I was lost.
Today I’m finding
that joy
comes to those,
who follow their dreams.

Yesterday I was lost.
Today I’m finding
that the love
I used to give for free,
I now give to me.

Yesterday I was lost.
Today I’m finding
the heart
that used to be broken,
now is the guide.

Yesterday I was lost.
Today I know
the greatest gift
to yourself,
is yourself.
© Daylle Deanna Schwartz

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