In what I write, I try to share the struggles I face and pull out the vulnerability stops so you get to see my struggle exposed. My goal is to share where I've come from but also focus on how I healed or how I found ways to take the steps forward.
My experience is all I can prove. I can't tell you with 100% certainty that x, y and z are absolute facts. Yes, we have learned that they are the last three letters of the alphabet, but I have very little to scientifically prove that they are. I can use examples of the alphabet charts and probably look at history, but again, I know what I've been taught.
One of the things I see the world do and it makes me shudder, is we rely to much on what we've been taught without questioning it. We fail to realize that our experience is a much better teacher.
When we are vulnerable...
For it is when we are vulnerable that we become more connected to others. It is at that moment that others can connect to us through our own vulnerability.
The connected part is the support we crave from one another. It is where we feel that humanness between us and others. It is the point where we open up and through sharing our path of healing from our own pain, that we find others see their pain in a different way.
They become truth...
I've seen things happen on a treatment table not only in myself, but in others. Some of them have been things that blew my mind because I did not think that was possible. In those moments, they become truth in myself because I am able to see them repeated over and over. For if they only happen once, we have to be leery of what caused them, but if we see them happen again, then we know we are on to something.
I've learned too that just because I have found truth in my own healing, others may not see it that way. They have not had the same healing experiences I have had. I try to be patient and understanding. I try to hold judgment at the door. For each one of us has our own path we must travel and we're not all at the same point at the same time.
Writing from my experience allows me to be at one with myself and look at things in ways that I may never have seen. It allows me the option of going deeper and further into it so I can look at all sides, not just the ones I want to allow myself to see.
Writing from my experience is what helps give me hope and sustenance. Knowing that I am not only finding a way through my own trauma and healing, but that I'm being there for others. Through my own pain, I'm allowing myself to be there hoping that my flashlight burns bright enough on the path behind me so someone finds their own footing.
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