Hi and welcome back to Second Chance to Live my friend. I am happy you decided to stop by and visit with me. You are always welcome at my table. With in the past several posts I have spoken to some of my personal struggles. I share my struggles with you for several reasons. The first is to be real with you and the second is to give you permission to share your struggles. The good news is that we do not have to be alone in our struggle.
There have been times in my life when I was unable to give myself permission to practice healthy self-care. I thank God that he brought positive and solution minded people into my life during those times. Those individuals gave me permission to be kind and gentle with myself. The permission they shared with me came in the form of disclosing their own struggles – which were similar to mine – followed by how they came out of isolation.
Their permission gave me the permission to look for a way out of my isolation.
As I listened to these solution-minded people — with in the support groups I was attending – share from their experience, strength and hope I found hope. Slowly, as I continued to suit up and show up at meetings I was able to hear how members worked through similar struggles. Through the process I was able to begin to accept myself. Slowly but surely I found myself coming out of isolation. As I listened and then applied what I was learning to my struggles I began to heal emotionally, mentally and most of all spiritually.
As I opened myself to the sunlight of the spirit I began to experience a new freedom and a new happiness. I am not suggesting that I always experience that freedom and happiness, however I no longer have to stay in isolation. I now know that — when I find myself isolating and struggling with myself — I do not have to be alone in my struggle. I now know that I can give myself permission to ask for help. I no longer have to be limited by my best thinking. I no longer need to be trapped in isolation.
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