In the featured Inspiration for March 19th by Gerry Straatemeier, be empowered to rewrite your back story from a positive point of view because it’s never too late as every day is a new beginning!
I recall being in a workshop during my darker days where we were asked to relate the three happiest experiences of our lives. I came up blank. I honestly believed I had never really been happy. Of course, I had had many happy and fulfilling days, even peak experiences and moments of pure bliss… I just didn’t remember them at a feeling level.
Now all of us have an imperfect memory of our life history. Our brains are pre-programmed to highlight danger (to keep us safe from tigers and fires). When we have a mood disorder, the dark negative fog can become so big it blots out everything else. And we believe the falsehoods our brain relates to what we see in that fog. I really thought I had not ever felt truly happy.
In recovery, it is of vital importance to go back and re-write the story of our lives, recalling as many joys and kindnesses as we can, because we identify with our story and use it to predict the future.
Start with a different question than usual. Instead of asking yourself, “How did I get to be so messed up,” try “How did I get to be so awesome?” Instead of listing your grievances, you will be listing your gratitude, and it will make all the difference.
Enjoy this journey to the fullest.