Anniversary, Traumaversary or Survivorversary


I swore I wouldn’t blog about this, but as much as I tried to avoid it yesterday, the little wounded heart and brain both said, “It was 10 years ago today…and we still hurt.”

Ten years ago yesterday another unfortunate set of circumstances unleashed an emotional, psychological and fiscal avalanche.  I got fired.  I worked for people who were at one time close friends, I even attended their family gatherings on the holidays.

I imagine there are a lot of things that happen in life that we just accept and move on with, there may never be real healing…

They said they felt God was preparing me for the ministry.
I wondered if that was so, why didn’t God tell me first?

They said they felt I was being squelched there.
I was shaking and thinking to myself, “I just bought my first house…and…the holidays, the holidays…”

I told them I’d gone to a Bible study just the night before and the topics were ironically Surrender and Obedience, and that was what I chose to do here.
She said, “Oh don’t you go being nice or anything.”

Wow.

I kept myself together, telling them it would be okay.They asked me what THEY should tell the patients.
I thought it was none of my business and quietly said, “I don’t know.”

They helped me move the last weekend in October to my new home, her entire extended family helped.  I attended their family Thanksgiving, less than two weeks later, on December 5, I was fired?!

I never understood any of this.  People would ask me what happened and I said I didn’t know.  They’d always say, “But they have to give you a reason for being fired.”  I’d just shrug my shoulders.

Years later, at the Brain Injury rehab center I was talking with the Social Worker.  We broached this situation and I told her what I’ve shared here.  She said the reason why I hadn’t processed it was because it threw me into survival mode, and, she summed up that “it was personal.”

To add insult to injury, years later, in sworn deposition, my ex-boss said I was fired due to performance, a relationship breakup and, Willful Insubordination.’  Wow.

So maybe some things never get healed, or wrapped up in a nice tiny package for presentation.  Maybe it’s our job, or our calling, to make the best out of the hand we’ve been dealt.

It was an emotionally dark day yesterday, I was quite out of sorts…and then…a thought came to mind.  What if…instead of this being a day associated with an enormous amount of pain, betrayal, etc., what if, I consciously chose to plant acts of kindness instead?

I started thinking, what if I decided to do something as simple as writing a thank you note to someone?  That was kind of a neat shift in thinking and for some reason, Deepak Chopra’s phrase of “Imagine smiling with every cell in your body” seems to be on instant replay in my brain!  I can have dark and gloomy or happy cells!  🙂

Nothing can change the past, it’s best to feel the hurts, express emotions in a healthy way and try, even in the smallest of ways, to create a beautiful life for ourselves in this moment.  Who knows, we might just be on this planet for some time and find the tools we needed for a good life, and getting ourselves unstuck, were right here inside of us all along.

In some circles people use the term ‘Traumaversary” and I could never adopt that term.  Maybe we’d do ourselves and our world a favor and think or say, “Hey, it was on that day I became a survivor!”

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About Resilient Heart

TBI x3, that's me! If you had a Traumatic Brain Injury (or Injuries!) and knew you might not remember dates, events, people, etc., would you live each day differently? Would you give more, forgive more, heal more? I am. The statistics for me developing Dementia or Alzheimer's is a high possibility - one, because of the TBIs, and two - because I'm genetically predisposed. Come with me as this present moment is all we know we have... Wishing you all the best - today & always. Blessings, Love & Peace, RH
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12 Responses to Anniversary, Traumaversary or Survivorversary

  1. Wow what a powerful post.

  2. great reminder that others’ behavior is not ours to understand. ours is to use it as a learning tool and to move on. I love the idea of planting positive seeds on a difficult day. What a good idea.

    • Thank you kindly, Louise.

      When I can remember and focus on the area in which I wish to grow the most (spirituality) that alone lessens or entirely removes the personal ‘sting’ because my ego is not involved. Sure there are hurt feelings, but maybe this is just how we get through the more difficult moments in life, one small step at a time.

      Thanks again. 🙂

  3. You are right; there are days that just hurt with memories. However, memories are just mental images and, if they make you sad, there’s no good reason we can’t simply change them. I am told that you need to visualize things happening as they should have. Your mind will then “remember” those memories.
    My own self says that “all things work together in the end,” so I tend to just see it as on its way toward the end.
    Scott

    • I sure wish I could visualize. That is one thing I’ve never quite been able to gain back and was a huge loss for me in the work world.

      I grew up in a home where it wasn’t okay to feel, we never expressed emotion, talked things out, etc. So it’s certainly a process! 🙂

      • My home was similar in that feelings (especially sad ones) were frowned on. None of us really knew how to deal with them. It was my children who taught me how to love and give and smile a lot.
        Yes, it is a process.

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