The video that goes a long with this post here on the blog, was a bit of an impromptu recording, and it of course inspired this post.

Inspiring Yourself and Others in Trauma Recovery, literally it can happen at any given time and without you even realizing it. I think that’s one of the amazing things that can happen to us as we heal. Not only are we able to feel empowered and inspired because of the progress we’ve made, but when we are validated by others, it helps even more!

I know I personally have a big issue with validating myself and realizing that I have made progress. It helps a great deal when others tell you how much you inspire them, or how good you made them feel because of what you wrote. We are all in this together, that’s not just some nifty cliche` to make us all feel good. It really is true. Survivors have to stick together, and when we do it can have a profound impact on our own journey and the journey’s of others.

So this person, my friend, writes her own blog on Depression. She started it not long ago as a way to cope and try to get out the emotions that she deals with on a daily basis. Essentially she told me that seeing me sit here in total concentration and dedication to the survivor community, as I worked on some graphics and other projects for a colleague, she was just blown away!

I was thinking to myself and I told her, “Really?”  I wasn’t intentionally doing anything but being caught up in the task at hand. She said that watching me really opened her eyes to the impact that taking control of your own survivor journey can have.

I was awe struck by what she shared and to be honest it just made me feel good inside too. God knows we can all use some of that feeling in our lives, right!

I hope you’ll check out the video, leave a comment, share it. Always remember that our healing journey is first and foremost for us, so we can have the life we desire and deserve. However, keep in mind that while we are working on ourselves, others are doing the same. We can all feed off the energy, validation, and encouragement of the combined Survivor Community.

-Matt