A tale to tell, a song to sing

As I was browsing through quotes, for the quote of the day (ok I don’t make it every day but I try) I found Maya Angelou’s well known “A bird sings not because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song”
It was one of those moments where the words seemed to jump out of the page at me. They reached inside my mind and heart and struck not one, but several chords. Within the last year with the loss of a job and the onset of some health issues, I’ve begun to make use of my time by writing. I’ve always wanted to write. I grew up in a family of writers and artists, but somehow I never felt I was good enough. That was because I expected immediate praise and perfection. Even now my inner critic, who has thankfully lightened up on me considerably, will have something nasty to say. ‘Why are you doing this anyway?’ “What do you hope to accomplish?” “What’s the PURPOSE?” Well, Miss Critic, I have an answer for you, I do it because I have a song.
©2010 Jennifer Hazard
Originally posted on Nanakoosa’s Healing Place, Facebook page,


About nanakoosa

Me...I am a trained Advocate and Counselor with 20 years experience working with Youth and Families. My most recent employment brought me to the field of Domestic and Sexual Violence Counseling and support. I myself am a Survivor of violence and have been on both side of the service desk, which provides for a unique, often conflicting, theoretical orientation. I am a regular blogger, journal keeper and story teller. My current focus is to give voice to the experiences of survivors, to shine some light in the dark corners of family life where all the spiders and creepy things hide. I also enjoy writing about my unconventional childhood in the tumultuous 60's and am dabbling in memoir writing. I have three wonderful children, two fabulous granddaughters and an assortment of pets. View all posts by nanakoosa

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