Good thread, Matt. keep on rebuilding - just like you are doing.
What they couldn't take from me:
The determination to cling to hope that someday things would be better
An appreciation for beauty in nature, in man-made articles, and in humans
The ability to lose myself in art or literature or drama as an escape and transcending tactic
The impractical, risky presumption to cut ties, launch into the unknown, and make it on my own
The stubbornness to succeed at something even if my original dreams and goals were stunted and diverted by the trauma
The audaciousness to try to have a normal relationship and family as well as an enduring marriage and fulfilling fatherhood
The intelligence to read and research and figure out a lot of the garbage of my past on my own
An outrageously contradictory belief in Gods love despite all apparent evidence to the contrary
A passionate advocacy of underdogs, the oppressed, persecuted, and victims of injustice
A consciousness of the core of my own identity underneath all the overlays of lies, projections and labels
Edited by traveler (08/03/13 04:38 PM)
"My experience has shown me that I all too often tend to deny that which lies behind, but as I still believe, that which is denied cannot be healed." Brennan Manning, "All is Grace - A Ragamuffin Memoir"