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Listen To What You are Thinking!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

emoticon My 35 minute drive to and from work has pleasantly become my Thinking Time. This Morning, I was reflecting on the past 15 months, and my experience with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (that story is best left for another time). I am off anti-depressants as of 12/21/12, and I had my last visit with my therapist yesterday, 1/14/13.

So, my prayer was/is about how thankful I am to be where I am, and be free to count my blessings! Thanks God!

My "thinking thoughts", were more towards specific lessons I have learned about myself throughout the healing process. One in particular, having faith in my core belief. (More about tomorrow).

My core belief, the understanding which my faith is built on, (of course, it's my belief and faith in God, but along with that), is, "Everything happens for a reason, and there is a purpose for everything." When I was pondering this, I decided I would look for a graphic, or create a picture for my fb cover with that statement on it.

On my job, I am privileged to spend Tuesday Mornings with residents of a transitional living facility, aptly nicknamed TLC. As I was crossing the street with a resident this morning, I stepped on a piece of broken sidewalk and twisted my ankle. The dear girl grabbed my arm and kept me from falling.
"Are you all right?" Julie asked me. To which I replied, "Yes! Everything happens for a reason."

Julie pushed up her sleeve and revealed the tatoo pictured below. She even gave me permission to post it.

Listen to your thoughts, they just might be saying something important.
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  • ANNIE1114
    I am glad that you were able to work through the PTSD.
    3106 days ago
    emoticon Good for you in choosing to use the tools you needed to help with PTSD. Therapy and the right meds can help a lot in providing the internal space needed in order to heal. Each day is a new beginning and you're definitely headed in the right direction. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3113 days ago
    What a God moment your thoughts brought you to! Amen, sister!
    3114 days ago
    Woo Hoo - you are doing so well! I'm so happy for you.
    3117 days ago
    Congratulations on getting off the meds and completing therapy. That's a long road to travel! You're right on with your message. Everything really does happen for a reason.

    Glad you're in a good place and doing better! Hope your ankle it okay!
    3117 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Life is a great teacher, when we open ourselves to what is offered.

    Great Blog!
    3117 days ago
    Adversity makes us stronger, it just hurts like hell getting there...like exercise often does.... emoticon
    3117 days ago
    3117 days ago
    Thanks Everyone! I am Ceriusly thinking I need a Tat just like that! Smaller maybe on the back of my wrist so I can always see it, and never forget it! emoticon
    3117 days ago
  • FREES1
    first of all - hallelujah baby!!! congrats on having the courage to, and successfully dealing with, your PTSD!!! you rock gal!!! way to go!

    and you are so right! things do happen for a reason - I can still look back over my life and see how different things impacted my story and cannot help to wonder how things might have been different had those things not happened...

    and the spin we put on events, the meaning we give them, is totally up to us - we can say something is negative or we can see the positive... and when we give it the positive we are all the better for it!!!

    hope your ankle is feeling ok!!!

    keep on keeping on Ceri - you are aces!

    btw when I saw that tattoo I thought you were going to say it was yours! :-)
    3117 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/16/2013 10:29:27 AM
    So glad that you are feeling better.
    In addition to everything happen for a reason is that we are not here by mistake.
    Take care Ceri. emoticon
    3117 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    That is all such wonderful new Ceri! I am so happy for you! I was on anti-depressants for a while, and was so happy when I felt I could live again without them. You are doing so wonderfully!

    Love that tattoo! I am a super firm believer in the "everything happens for a reason" verdict! It couldn't be more true. Sometimes we may never understand it, but I don't think we always need to. We just need to believe!

    Take care of yourself!
    Big Hugs,
    3117 days ago
    Thanks for sharing - we all have are unique journeys don't we.
    3117 days ago
    Went through the therapy thing myself! Time does heal all things and we do live on. Mem'ries tend to fade into a manageable place. Just keep Sparkin'!!! The work you're doing is very important. Your life is what you make it, so believe in yourself and know that you're not alone! Blessings
    3117 days ago
  • HICIM705
    Yup ... what doesn't kill you makes you stronger - and I also believe that we aren't given more than we can handle ... even if, at the time - it seems like you can't possibly handle it.

    Everything does happen for a reason - and, sometimes 'the reason' doesn't even present itself until much, much later - when you just have to sit back and say: 'OH...NOW I get it'!
    3117 days ago
    I share that belief, and have been through enough trials to know that not only does it happen for a reason, the worst ones usually make me stronger in the end, and also give me tools that help me help others.

    By the way, love the tat!
    3117 days ago
    I am glad you are doing well.
    3117 days ago
  • GAMMY98
    long road getting there but glad things are looking up
    3117 days ago
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