Being ACE aware takes courage – doing what is best for others rather than easiest for ourselves.
It takes courage to see the pain behind behaviour, to be willing to hold their suffering in mind.
It takes courage to respond in kind when you are exhausted and just want to judge them as bad cos that’s easier.
It takes courage to look at your own stuff, any of your own pain triggered or just your own biases.
It takes courage to put yourself first so you can help others more.
And it takes courage to keep talking about ACE awareness when others tell you you got it wrong…
What a courageous lot we are!
(and it’s OK to not want to be courageous sometimes – self compassion is the most courageous thing we can do some days…)