Seems the more I face reality, no matter, how painful, sad, or difficult it is to stay focused on it, the more I grow.
I ran from what I thought was ugliness, but now realize it was just growth patterns or myself maturing. I stayed focused for years on my mistakes instead of my accomplishments.
I'll end with this wonderful quote:
“Some men draw a circle around themselves and protect those who are in it: Wife and children. Some men draw a bigger circle around themselves and protect more: Mother, uncles, aunts, grandchildren. Some men draw a big, big circle around themselves and protect many, many more. There comes a point in a man’s life when he must find out for himself, which of those men will he be.” – Movie 10,000BC