Touched by Cheryl Marlene

Touched

I sit on the sofa’s edge, rigid, hands on knees, feeling lost to myself. He sits beside me, carefully reaching out his left hand and resting it gently on my shoulder. I flinched, the touch breaking my resolve to feel nothing. Though I do feel myself still braced, defending, holding back. Not allowing myself to … Read more

Vulnerable Absorption

Let me be blunt: I have often been accused of being a perfectionist. Notice that this is an accusation, rather than a compliment, pointing towards the general feeling that perfectionism is not an attribute that one should strive for. Often portrayed as relentlessly pushing toward a goal in an unhealthy and possibly even pointless manner, … Read more