We all have a story.
Some of them are far worse than others.
How we live today is only affected by that story to the degree that we are willing to allow it to be. The beauty of life is that, if we make it to adulthood, we’re in the driver’s seat. Everything going forward is our own creation. We get to choose.
Having that control is empowerment. We can choose to stay stuck in the old story, or create beauty from the ashes.
Ever heard of Post-Traumatic Growth phenomenon?
Most of us are familiar with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but PTG isn’t so widely known. It’s the ability to take a negative or traumatizing experience and see good in it. People who experience PTG use their struggles to propel them to a higher level of success in life.
“The only thing keeping you from what you want in life is the story you tell yourself about why you can’t have it.”
– Iyanla Vanzant
I’ve got a challenge for you today. It’s a small step, and if it seems overwhelming, remember I’m only asking you to do this for one day. Tomorrow, you can go back to living exactly as you were, if that’s what you want to do.
Free Yourself: Live Like It Never Happened
Whatever your trauma is…whatever struggle you’ve gone through in life that led you to believe that you are somehow broken or undeserving – let it go. Just for today.
Live like it’s five years ago and you haven’t given up on your dream yet. Live like what you want is absolutely possible. Like with the unmitigated gall to believe that you deserve everything you desire, and life must bring you everything you ask for – in spite of what you’ve gone through.
I know it hurts. I know there are nights when you’re not quite sure you’ll make it, and days when you can hardly keep yourself from crying. I know sometimes you question why something this bad had to happen to you. I know there are moments when you wonder who you would be if it never did.
This is your moment – you get to decide. Make up your mind today to be who you know you could’ve been if you had never been hurt, betrayed…abused.
You can be exactly who you were meant to be.
All you have to do is decide.
If you try – if you keep at it long enough- the perfection that you already are will come pouring out. If you just keep going, the world will see your shine, and exactly how amazing you are.
You’re going to change lives, honey – if you’re willing to just keep on living.