What do you do when you go to pieces?
What do you do when your world collapses – in one earth shattering moment?
Sometimes it is the last thing you had in mind. At other times, it is what you thought would never happen to you. All the same, when your sanity lies on the edge, mutilated and wounded, your sense of balance is gone and you just sit there wondering what happened, it is that moment that you come face to face with yourself.
Not the you who faced the flak. Not the you that went to pieces – but the you who overcame the odds and survived.
We are all survivors, one way or another.
For some of us, it has been a process – sometimes easy at other times tough yet a process all the same. Yet, there are others who never recover. Who may live for years with the emotional trauma of it all.
Recovery has to be self-willed. There’s no other way around it.
If you are waiting for someone to come and help you pinpoint the pain and somehow magically, take it all away, you are dreaming.
The will to do something about it starts and ends with you.
You choose to overcome. You choose to learn from what happened and move on.
In short, you choose to pick up the pieces and move on. Apply the lessons you learned. Forgive those who hurt you. Forget – if possible – what happened.
The scars that heal over time are there to remind you that you fought the battle.
That you survived – not because that is what people do. But because that’s what you chose to do.
You chose to wear your scars as lessons. Lessons that teach you about the treachery, the betrayal, the sheer folly of living life. There will always be those who will be the bad guys. Yet the good guys have survived and always will.
Battle scarred doesn’t mean defeat. It means that you have become stronger, better because of those scars. Scars often help us overcome the odds – to remind ourselves that we fought the battle and yes, we were wounded but what matters is that we survived.
Change your perspective. Sometimes, the worldview we hold is often at the ground level – go higher. One step, yes but maybe two. A higher perspective often calls for a better view. You would see what you didn’t – couldn’t see at ground level. That somehow, it would all be okay.
All survivors have fought battles – sometimes within, sometimes outside. Often, they have had to fight the fifth column – the enemy within. But the important thing is that they have overcome.
Did you know that there is a winner living inside you – beneath all the heartache, the pain, the betrayal? That the winner can emerge just the same way that a caterpillar became a butterfly.
So, if you that survivor, move on. You can. You will.