Happy Memorial Day weekend to those in the US and Welcome to another edition of Self-Discovery Sunday. I hope you are all having a blessed day! Forgive my absence last week. I had a horrible flu bug and am just beginning to feel more like my old self.
Each Sunday, I will post a prompt on here for you to use in your journal. You do not have to make posts about these on your blogs unless you want to do so. These can remain completely private. If you do wish to write about them on your blog, please include a link back to my Sunday posts so we can all share in your recovery.
Memorial Day is a holiday in the US where we celebrate those who’ve sacrificed their lives for our country in the armed forces. Many have extended this holiday (especially since 9-11) to include first responders – firefighters, police officers, and first aid attendants. It is a sacred duty to remember those whom we consider our heroes and this is something we can do any time of the year, not just on a special holiday. While in recovery for Depression and/or Addiction, we come across our own heroes who help with our recovery – therapists, life coaches, sponsors, new friends, and even some family members. Maybe you even consider a police officer or first aid responder as your hero, someone who saved your life from ruins.
My greatest hero is a therapist who finally helped me in recovery from Depression. She was the first of many therapists who actually took the time to hear my problems instead of spouting back at me to put the past in the past and move on to the future. She knew that it was my past that kept me stuck in the void. Until I released all of my anger and animosity toward those who’d wronged me in the past, there was no way I could pull myself out of depression and into the light of recovery. I am sure many of you have similar stories to tell about someone or a couple of someones who helped you with your recovery.
For today’s journal prompt, I want you to reflect back on your life when you were at your lowest. Ask yourself who helped lift you up out of that lowest point. Maybe it was a couple of people. In your journal, I want you to write a letter to that person or persons. Express your gratitude, tell them how important that moment was to you, and let them know how you are progressing with your recovery. You do not have to send this letter. This is for you to reflect back upon when you feel like there is no one to help you if a low point creeps back into your life. This letter will remind you that at one point in time, someone became your greatest hero. Enjoy the recovery!
Peace, Love & Happiness