Take Back the “Function” from “Dysfunction”

Take Back the “Function” from “Dysfunction”

I spent years reliving the dysfunction in my past. So much so, that I was unable to grow emotionally. And then I saw this sign in a local coffee shop: I just had to have it, because it exemplified everything that held me back in my relationships, my profession, my life. Let Go to Grow I have successfully survived post-traumatic stress, transitioning to post-traumatic growth.  My dysfunction of suppressing the truth for years kept me trapped in a dissociative state where I knew the truth, but no one else acknowledged it, making me feel silenced, powerless.  Angry.  Until I finally spoke up in trauma therapy, opening the door to my prison of silence.  And I let it go. Function from Dysfunction By reading the text of my past aloud in trauma therapy, it allowed my mind to close that chapter, freeing it of the re-reading I had been doing to try to make sense of the dysfunction that I had survived.  The new chapters of my life are written by...
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Love and Loss

Love and Loss

Sharing Love Through Heartbreak When I came across this image, the love I saw through their loss, my heart stopped for a moment, and then I read the corresponding news article about the last day of a five year-old girl who died in the arms of her parents. The image was heartbreaking, yet beautiful. The healthy little girl, diagnosed with a quick-growing, rare form of brain cancer, left the family with limited time to share. The hospice nurse captured this moment as the little girl drew her last breaths.  She lay on her mother and father as they held her, gazing sweetly at her while her favorite Harry Potter movie played in the background. They were there for her first breath, and they remained there for her last. All Humans Love, and All Humans Experience Loss This picture evoked a human empathy that touched me personally.  I recognize through my relationships other parents who have faced love and loss.  I, myself, have lost...
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When You Are Down, Go Up

When You Are Down, Go Up

Change is not always easy, but the obstacles we face today make us stronger for tomorrow. As Micah faces the challenge of making new friends at his new school, I brought him back to an old favorite in his new town. This gem was inside an old school building and reminded Micah of all his strength, courage, and perseverance. Keep your spirits up Micah, and the sky's the limit....
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Keep Your Gaze up to the Sun

Keep Your Gaze up to the Sun

I woke up from a very bad dream early this morning, and it put a heavy cloud on my heart.  Although I recognized the nightmare to be just that; a nightmare, I couldn't shake the strange sense of cloudiness over my day.  Nothing from the bad dream was real, but by mid-morning I was still caught in the grasp of the anxious emotions the dream had evoked.  What should an anxious soul do?  Walk.  Breathe in the beauty.  And seek the companionship of another soul. I had difficulty keeping the walking pace of my friend as I struggled with the gloominess that engulfed my mind.  I kept my gaze down, steady on my heavy feet, not able to lift myself to her stride.   I desperately wanted to shake this cloud, lighten my load, so I shared my anxious thoughts with her along that walking path.  Thoughts.  Stirred awake by my nightmare last night.  The same thoughts I have guarded day after day.  The thoughts that have been weighing me down,...
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