The Personal Journey of Healing.

http://warretreat.org/2012/04/12/the-journey-coming-home/

I am so happy to include the following quote and poem from the above site, War Retreat.org!  Most of my blog posts reinforce “the journey” of healing.  Self discovery and a re-examination of personal goals and beliefs are critical for long term healing from experiencing severe trauma.  My book signing events, like this past Saturday at A Book for all Seasons in Leavenworth, Washington; proved again that moral injury caused by the exposure to combat or other traumatic events has no quick fix or easy solution.  Healing is a life journey, a daily personal goal of making a difference for others and maintaining a positive attitude.  It is hard, very hard, but keeping the bigger picture in mind each day on your own personal journey will keep you focused on the larger good and the positive rewards connected with helping others.

Steve Sparks
Author
Reconciliation: A Son’s Story

The Journey: Coming Home

Eventually, everyone goes on a journey. It could be the veteran coming home from war, the housewife tired with her station, the kid who decides to go to college despite a lack of support from home. Here’s a good poem about making a single decision to go forward in life.
“The Journey”
by Mary Oliver, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice-
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do-
determined to save
the only life that you could save.
-from Dream Work

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