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Capital “T” Truth: A Poem

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What does mental health mean to me? 
Taken literally, it’s having a healthy mind. 
But what does that entail? 

Basic functioning, of course. 
Hygiene, jobs, leisure, and responsibilities. 
A contributing member of society and familial units. 
Cooking, cleaning, caring for others. 
The Basics. 

Then, we go deeper, to 
healthy relationships and habits. 

How? 

Your relationship with yourself comes
first and foremost. 
Others come and go, 
but you always deal with yourself. 

So why don’t we make it easier? 

Loving yourself and who you are will make life much easier— 
and more enjoyable, too. 

After (or let’s face it, sometimes as) you learn to 
love yourself, 
you’ll find friends along the way. 
Like-minded people. 

Get healthy with yourself (or start that journey,) 
and others will naturally join you. 

Every day you make choices. 
It’s not a one-time thing. 

One choice. Every day. To 
love yourself. 

How?

Figuring out the lies we tell ourselves, 
challenging them, and 
replacing them with a new, healthier thought or truth. 

Recognize that feelings are not Truth. 

Truth is this: 
We are all human, and as such, 
we have certain things we are entitled to. 

Love and belonging. 
We are all worthy of these things. 

Grace when we make mistakes. 
We are human and imperfect. 
Shit happens. 
And when it does— 
either we are too hard on ourselves, or 
others are too hard on us. 
We all deserve grace and understanding. 

And the final Truth? 

We are enough exactly as we are. 
Oh, there’s always room for improvement. 
But the key to happiness lies not 
in the future we strive towards, nor 
the past we replay, but 
in the present moment. 

Breathe. Feel the air expand your lungs. 
Enjoy the feeling of being simply 
Alive

Love yourself and you will believe Truth. 
Knowing Truth makes basic functioning less of a chore. 

Others are drawn towards Truth-seekers 
and often relationships— both 
platonic and romantic— 
benefit from the foundation of 
Worthiness. 

And it all starts with:
Love. 

Author:

Hayley Green is an award-winning, Amazon #1 best-selling author of the short story “Fire Legacy” published in the Dragons Within: Guarding Her Own anthology. She is also the founder and CEO of Write of Passion, a small press. She is an avid reader, an office supply collector, and a chocolate addict. You can find her on her website (hayleygauthor.com) and Twitter (@HayleyGAuthor), or at Write of Passion’s website (writeofpassion.com), Facebook (@writeofpassion1), Twitter (@writeofpassion1), or Instagram (@writeofpassion).

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