Please note that this blog post is part 1 in a 4 part series. Please check back tomorrow for the next post.
If you know anything about my story, you will know the above scenario isn't a good thing. Its a big trigger. It makes me want to run, hide, flee, or grab something to defend myself. There is nothing good about it. It isn't something I can just look past.
So, of course when Thanksgiving was past, we were heading into Christmas. Again, if you've read any of my story, you will know how difficult of a time this can be for me. Sometimes, it is easier than others, but generally speaking, its one stressful and exhausting season. I think it helps if I find little ways to celebrate and plan things, but this year I did not do that.
Keep in mind, I had just quit a very stressful and exhaustive job a few months earlier. In addition to dealing with a bully, I had far too many people that used and abused me. They thought that nonstop travel was a good thing and my coworkers were treating me as if they were jealous two year olds.
From painful memories to more stress...
As we moved through Christmas, I came upon an anniversary of losing my mom which is not an easy thing. Sometimes it doesn't impact me as hard and other times it does. It is never easy to tell which way the wind will blow on this. This year though, I had lost a very close and dear friend the previous year. I still struggle with losing him and it was not easy and still is not easy.
Adding insult to injury, I was exhausted. In fact, when I tried to start up my healing services business and seminars, I did not realize to the extent just how exhausted I was. The night before the first seminar, my legs were barley moving. I was so tired, I could hardly stand up. However, I figured that the show must go on and so I pushed on like the good little boy is supposed to do.
After several attempts at seminars and getting almost no response or people attending, I ended up with a "freebie" client. At first, I thought that this would be nice because I could grow from this point. However, I soon found out that the freebie client was taking advantage of me and using me. Even though they claimed poverty, the client and her family let it slip that there was money they could have been paying me. I felt used and abused like a cheap old wash cloth thrown away in the trash. There's more I could say here, but I think you get the idea.
In this same time period, I contacted a local organization that I believed in and offered to do a seminar for them. While I knew it would be free, I thought it would lead to future contacts. However, they withheld a lot of information from me and hoodwinked me. Come to find out, I was just a free way for them to do some required monthly training. They had no intentions of working with me or scratching my back in any way. Again, I felt used and abused.
Everything seemed to just fail...
Every thing I tried to do seemed to just fail. Doors not only closed, but they slammed shut! The person I was working with on advertisement stopped taking my calls and emails. The client kept trying to get me to promote their "products" and push their stuff on others.
Last but not least, I had a good friend that decided they didn't like the way I was doing things and boy, that went downhill fast. I still don't understand exactly what happened, but I found myself on the bad end of a nightmare. A good friend that I trusted was trying to steal people away from me as I was trying to build up my business. I thought the friend was there for me to help, but I learned that this was anything but the case. I still remember that final text I read from this friend and how it nearly broke my heart in two. I remember handing the phone over to my partner and walking out the door crying as hard as I could cry. The pain hurt so badly from that.
Bewildered, lost and confused...
I was bewildered, lost, confused. I felt tormented, tried and barely alive. It was all I could do to hold on for one second, not even imagining I could hold on for a minute or a day. My life was in turmoil and spiraling downward as fast as it could go.
I took off for the mountains because at that moment, I wanted to get away from anything and everything and anyone. I could not take one more minute being hurt or questioning anything at that point. I could not take being close to any other human. I took off for the mountains and while it was only a few days, it did help. I just wished it could have been much longer. Being around the trees, mountains, and a frozen lake is like being in a safe place for me.
Coming back home, I went through more turmoil. I sat in a fog for days sometimes not even remembering where I was or what was going on. I was completely disconnected and not sure of where to turn or what to do next.
This continues to Part 2 - posted on 6/24/16 of a four part series.
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