PTSD Healing Thought of the Week: Borrow Hope


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Years ago I sat down and, in an effort to help myself overcome trauma and PTSD, I started writing out my story. At the beginning of it I wasn’t sure it was possible for me to completely release myself from the past. By the end, I had not only written my entire story but also turned it into my PTSD recovery memoir. Through that process I came to believe that every single one of us has enormous healing potential. Here’s why:

I learned: that we possess a transcendent power—that we are sometimes godly and godlike even insomuch as we are human and earthbound. That we are powerful in the those moments we feel powerless, and that in moments of trauma, some part of ourselves taps this source of power and then, even when we think we are powerless and cannot survive, we are stunned to find we do—and even more so to find we have a deep desire to live.

Sometimes you have to borrow hope. It’s my greatest wish that you borrow it from my story. It took me over 25 years to find the path out of the darkness (disclaimer: it took me almost 20 years to start looking!). If I can do it, so can you. You know how deeply I believe in you.

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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