May 16, 2012

Excellent thoughts here. I love Jeannie’s writing.

Ritual Abuse

I saw this wonderful cartoon the other day. First panel: a little cartoon figure is complaining about things. Second panel: “Take two trees. Sit under one and look at the other. Breathe.” Third panel: “There is no cure for life, but you can learn to manage the symptoms.” And there’s the little figure sitting under a tree, smiling.

That’s sort of the way I feel about being a ritual abuse survivor these days. There’s no cure – I can’t go back in time and prevent the abuse from happening. I can’t go back in time and make it not affect me to my core. I can’t even go back and forget it again. But I can learn to manage the symptoms and live well despite it.

Years ago, my idea of healing was that first you remembered everything, then you dealt with everything, and then you were all fine, just…

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  1. Thanks One Survivor. That was a great post full of wise words.

    • You are welcome. Jeannie is a wonderful woman who helps at Survivorship.org. I highly recommend them!

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