I was playing with my niece on the dock when I fell and got a splinter wedged deep into my hand. When I got home, my hand was swollen and throbbing as I tried to remove the splinter, but I couldn’t get to it without cutting into my hand and causing further pain. Instead, I cleaned it with soap, applied Neosporin and placed a Band-Aid over the cut. For the next two weeks the area where the splinter was lodged would cause me great pain whenever it was touched, so I continued to keep the cut clean and allowed my body time to push the splinter out by itself.
A few weeks later, as I was working at my desk, I looked down and noticed the splinter had surfaced; I could just simply lift it out. Within days, the infected area on my hand closed up and healed itself.
Tuesdays at two is the day and time I see my therapist each week. Last Tuesday, we were talking about how I have been healing over the years from the pain and trauma of my childhood. I then held up my hand and showed her the scar that was healing, and explained how the splinter that was lodged inside my hand for the last few weeks was like the pain and torment that was lodged inside my heart for the past 36 years. Like the wound on my hand, I helped the wound in my heart heal by removing all toxic things and people that were making the infection worse. The Band-Aid I placed over my heart was me choosing to stop echoing my father’s words that I was worthless. I healed because I chose to take care of the wound in my heart as I did the wound on my hand.
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As The Traveling Cow begins to get a little bit of attention, we’ve been invited to participate in some exciting radio interview. Listen to Tan as she appeared last week on KIXI’s “Chat with Women”.
Recently I had the chance to listen to John Quiñones, the host of the television show “What Would You Do?” give a commencement speech where he recalled a time when he was a correspondent for ABC News. He was working on an exclusive interview with the President of Colombia at the time, and an hour before the segment was to air, Quiñones had to call his boss, Peter Jennings back in New York to tell him that the interview was not happening. Quiñones was bracing himself for a scolding from Jennings, but instead he was reassured by these insightful words: “Don’t worry about talking to the movers and shakers; talk to the moved and shaken.”
While on a road trip in Vietnam, I was able to meet a very courageous and resilient young lady in the city of Ca Mau.
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My mom once told me about how I almost died as a baby because I had become very ill with a virus, and my parents couldn’t afford the antibiotics that the doctor said I needed. We were living with my dad’s family at the time because we were so poor, and when my mom came home with the news that I was in dire need of medicine that she couldn’t afford, no one in his family offered to help. The next day my mom took the only thing she had that was of value - her ring - and pawned it to buy the antibiotics that saved my life.