Welcome to your weekly invitation to meditate on the inspiriting work of a brave sister living and giving from her place of Divine gifting. Each week Well-Heeled Mommy features the work or words of a woman who has answered Destiny’s invitation to live courageously by living authentically. 

This week’s featured song is Piece By Piece by Kelly Clarkson. I only just stumbled onto this song today and was immediately arrested by it’s palpable emotion.

Kelly sings of a trial common to so many, namely – abandonment by a parent.

The sting of rejection can last a lifetime, especially when inflicted by one so critical to the fashioning of our self-image and perceived self-worth. I’ve shared my firsthand experience with this faithful foe here, in a prior post.

The abiding beauty of Clarkson’s message is this: the leverage of life-altering traumas from times passed cannot withstand an encounter with selfless, unadulterated Love. Love’s confrontation of our learned ‘normal’ liberates us from the imprisonment of injested lies and erroneous value statements.

What’s more, when we come to know and, subsequently, love ourself the estimations of others lose consequnce and our capacity to love extends far beyond our human frailties.

As a mother, with Love restored, Kelly offers her children an experience different from her own. an experience with a father who…

He’ll never walk away,

He’ll never break her heart

He’ll take care of things, he’ll love her


Kelly reveals the agony of a child’s desperate attempt to curry favor from a disinterested parent:

And all I remember is your back

Walking towards the airport, leaving us all in your past

I traveled fifteen hundred miles to see you

I begged you to want me, but you didn’t want to

And finally, the restoration that only Love can bring:
But piece by piece, he collected me up

Off the ground, where you abandoned things

Piece by piece he filled the holes that you burned in me

Six years old and you know

He never walks away

He never asks for money

He takes care of me

He loves me

Piece by piece, he restores my faith

That a man can be kind and a father could stay

Undoubtedly your life experience is not that of Kelly Clarkson. We each possess a unique story, after all, with different elements. Even so, you’ve surely encountered the cruelties of abandonment or rejection. So, know this, the value statements of these deceiving voices cannot withstand Love’s embrace and your right appraisal of self.
Choose today to honor and love yourself as the extraordinary being that you are.

Well-Heeled Mommy exists to see women set free to be their truest selves, to live out their destiny. We believe that every woman possesses a unique gift and calling intended to enrich the world. Similar to our fingerprints, the intended impact of each and every woman is unlike any other. When a woman encounters the freedom to live profitably, while also living authentically, the entire world benefits.