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Post-Traumatic Growth

After thirteen years of handling, managing, living trauma and post-traumatic stress, it's truly amazing how many layers exist to it.  It's like just when you think you have a handle on it and you've figured something out, there is another layer that emerges.  I believe this is why it's difficult to talk in terms of 
                                                                     "curing it".   
 
Curing relates to fixing and when we think we need to be fixed, we usually stay broken.  Does that make sense?
So what if we aren't broken?  What are we then?  We don't feel whole?  We don't feel connected?  We don't feel "normal"?   So then what are we, if we aren't broken?
 
Consider this......what if this post-traumatic stress that occurs after we see or experience something that makes us  question our own mortality is actually a long period of growing pains?   What if these growing pains are there to help us process what we saw?   If they are indeed growing pains, then we must acknowledge that they hurt, but that following is a brilliant push of new life, new cells, new perspective, new growth. 
 
It's hard to see that sometimes from inside the pain, but when given the opportunity to shift your perspective, there's a chance you may be able to rewire how you look at it. 

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