“Normally my motto is drugs not hugs.”
That is a cracker of a line from the character Karen Walker from the television series Will and Grace. She really resonated with me when I was in active addiction.
Emotional RECOVERY is not for people who really need it; it is for people who really want it.
To RECOVER from addictions, childhood trauma, divorce, death of a loved one, depression, illness or any life challenge takes great commitment, otherwise our heart will not get through it. These challenges crack our heart open, they are painful and require patience and time to heal.
For those like myself, the first two, addiction and trauma, take a lifetime, one day at a time.
Simply put, we do not get days off. So it is a big and long journey.
For me RECOVERY sometimes involves retracing steps from my past made in fear. Going back to stand in those old places no longer powerless but as a fearless adult heals our heart’s traumas.
I remember going back to my childhood home in Adelaide early in my RECOVERY journey to see this violent home and the house next-door where horrors also unfolded for the first years of my life. RECOVERING my right to now see it all again, but through the eyes of an adult. The woman I have become took the hand of the little girl who still resides within me and reassured her that it was over, she was safe and that I would allow no harm or disrespect of any kind from anyone to happen to again.
I RECOVERED self-love from a place where I almost once drowned in horror, hopelessness and fear.
Home in adult life becomes where our heart is and where our love lives. Emotional RECOVERY is all about moving back into our own heart, being at home with who we are and who we are not.
Today I can do that, most of the time.
So this message is for those of you are in RECOVERY like me, and for those who care about someone who is.
Let’s remember when we feel tired and like we’re cracking up in overwhelm that because we don’t get time out from our RECOVERY commitments we must allow ourselves a quiet day off from time to time from the rest of the world.
For those of you digging deep to find the courage to heal you have my utmost respect.
It’s not a journey for the faint-hearted.
Lotsa love Cynthia xxx
© Copyright 2016 Cynthia J. Morton Emotional Fitness™
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