You've Come A Long Way, Stephie!

545979_422327397803756_1360828757_nI’ve come a long way from Medford (Meffa).  This is a state of mind for me.  As you continue to read my blogs, I can only hope you understand my words do not reflect my true feelings about Meffa or the reality of city living.  On the contrary, I hold so many of you in my heart and cherish the experiences of  an education in the school of hard knocks.  You helped mold me into the person I am today.

Yes, materialistically, I’ve come so far from sharing a bed with my sister, the two bedroom rented apartment, playing jump rope on a busy street and summer vacations spent sweating it out at Harris Park.   There is a more important issue at stake.  I have had the ruby slippers on my entire life.  I just didn’t know it.

The only element that truly matters here is love.  None of the worldly riches, or lack thereof, can bring me happiness.  If I can love myself, my family, friends and everyone I meet, regardless of my personal suffering, I am truly rich.  The wealth to which I am referring is rooted in love and manifests itself through  freedom.  I am liberated from the desire to acquire possessions, certain acquaintances and a lifestyle.  My energy is not wasted on worrying about what others are thinking.  I am unleashed from the shackles of not living up to someone else’s idea of who I should be.

I can look back on my youth and not shudder.  I turn my heart toward Meffa, the old friends and the laughs with affection.  Today, I enjoy everyone I meet from the bathroom lady at Rose Bar, to local radio and TV celebs.  I am free to love without getting anything in return.  I welcome everyone to my home for various events knowing I may never get a return invite.  I am truly free!  I’ve come a long way from Meffa.  Where are you?  Are you free?

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Tell me what’s going on in your life.  I want to hear from you.

Wishing you love, balance and peace!

Amore & Baci (Love & Kisses),

Just Steph

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