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Some Insights That Have Helped Me In My Recovery And Life

by | Jun 15, 2022 | ComLine, Voices of Recovery

  • My parents are responsible for their failures in how they raised me and my brothers; I am responsible for my life, my choices, my healing, my growth, etc.
  • One step forward today; tomorrow, one step forward today; occasionally a step backwards; over time, the bottomless pit becomes a summit-less mountain climb.
  • Courage and humility are close cousins. Both were required for me to open the heavy doors to my first support group meeting.
  • Analysis and comparisons do not promote healing. My heart is not a piece of machinery to be fixed.
  • Labels do not help me heal. I may be totally accurate in calling someone a predator or narcissist, but that doesn’t help me with my own growth and healing.
  • Write my story. Write my trauma. Write my healing. Write my heart. Write poorly when I cannot write well.
  • Find trustworthy people to share my past trauma with.
  • Be careful who I share my past trauma with.
  • No matter how many times I work the 12 steps, I never graduate from step 1.
  • Life is a gift which comes with no promises.
  • “I have to …” is the voice of slavery. “I choose to …” or “I choose not to …” is the voice of freedom.
  • Breathe often. Breathe deeply. Scream when necessary.
  • My anger is legitimate; the challenge is in finding healthy ways to process my anger.
  • If I retaliate against a snake, I’ll get bitten. Snakes are experts at being snakes.
  • If I bury my emotions, they’ll demand expression – and not in a socially acceptable manner.
  • I can be “right” or I can have personal peace, but not both.
  • I have the right to bitterness and resentment. It’s justifiable and it’s a trap!
  • People have caused me great harm; people have also provided great support to me in my healing journey.
  • The best way to help others is to first do my own healing work.
  • I cannot give away what I don’t have.
  • I am unable to help anyone who doesn’t accept personal responsibility for their life.
  • Standing up to workplace bullies has gotten me into some trouble. But it’s much better than being a doormat.
  • As I consistently perform push-ups, my upper body strengthens. The same is true with boundaries and courage.
  • What other people think of me is their issue; I don’t have to make it mine.
  • Victim or Warrior? My choice.  
  • Growth takes place outside my comfort zone, but not within the chaos zone.
  • I am stronger than I think.
  • Delayed gratification is my friend; it empowers me to obtain what I want short-term AND long-term.
  • Where do I find my own personal warrior? I look in a mirror. 
  • Those who have all the answers don’t have a clue.
  • Doing my own thinking is dangerous. Allowing others to do my thinking for me is far more dangerous.
  • True friends will respect my personal and religious autonomy.

Healing Heart Warrior (Tom M.)

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