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A year after my new year’s resolution I did achieve my goal of complete trauma recovery (of course, I had made that resolution and failed miserably more than once before, so don’t read this and think I was immediately successful – I wasn’t!). By the time my entire recovery journey was over here’s what I learned:
For almost thirty years I obsessed over the minute details of my hospitalization. Through the repetition of memory I catalogued and deconstructed seconds and milliseconds. I tried to find answers to the relentless questions in my mind. I did my best to function within the realm of fear and many disconnected selves, without a clear sense of my direction, and with only a vague idea of what I was attempting to outrun. While I may have felt lost I can see now that all along some other self bravely struggled toward definition.
I have come to believe that a pure, untraumatized, authentic self exists despite our experiences; it is the part that wishes to be whole and free. Within this self, I believe, exists each individual’s enormous healing potential.
(To read more from my trauma recovery memoir, click here to download an excerpt.)
This is why I believe 2012 can be a great year for you. To get it going in the right direction, you must believe that, too.
You have enormous healing potential. The goal is learning to access it.
Dig deep. You can do this. I believe in you!
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