As I have lived my life I have come to realize that life is a process and a journey, not a destination. I like and find helpful visual metaphors. One such visual metaphor is a jigsaw puzzle that is laid out on a large table to be put together one piece at a time. Separately, each puzzle piece makes little sense to the scheme of the completed puzzle, but once each piece is put into place, more becomes obvious. So it is with life. Life is made up of many puzzle pieces that do not become clear until the time is right. Once the time is right, both the puzzle piece and space is revealed to be set and put in place. Individually, each puzzle piece makes little sense, but when the time is right, make perfect sense.
Understanding the metaphor of the jigsaw puzzle can help the individual in their process of recovery. What I mean by recovery is examining and working through matters that get in the way that creates stress in my life. Stress that distracts me and keeps me focused on other people and what they should or should not be doing so that I can be happy and content. What I mean by recovery is learning how to identify stressors and how those stressors impact my ability to have a healthy relationship with both myself and other people. Recovery for me is learning how to face, address and overcome various stressors that impede my ability to experience hope, empowerment, and freedom in my life.
Through becoming aware — through a recovery process of self-discovery, self-reflection, self-realization and self-exploration — I am able to grow in awareness, acceptance, and action. As I grow in my recovery process through self-discovery, self-reflection, self-realization and self-exploration, I grow in my ability to have a functional and healthy relationship with both myself and with other people. Through growing in awareness, acceptance, and action through self-discovery, self-reflection, self-realization and self-exploration I grow in my creative capacity to be of service to other people in functional ways. As I grow in my recovery process through self-discovery, self-reflection, self-realization and self-explorations, I grow in my capacity to create and share hope in and through my life.
Through my recovery process of self-discovery, Self-reflection, self-realization and self-exploration I discovered that to have a functional relationship with myself and other people I needed to have a healthy relationship with hope, before I could begin to open, move through the door of hope, confront my denial, recognize factors that distract, realize how the drama was impacting my life, begin to own my reality, grasp that I no longer had to give my power away, keep from falling back into a victim role, breaking free from isolation and the benefit of having healthy boundaries. I would invite you to click on each of the highlighted links to find out what I discovered that helped and continues to help me in my recovery process. As questions arise, please send them to me. Thank you.
Make Peace with Your Past, so that Your Past Does Not Spoil Your Present
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