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Trauma Recovery – Shame Resilience – Self-Compassion – Coping With Chronic Pain

Be Still, You’ve Come So Far – A PTSD Poem

February 3, 2014 | 8 Comments

So extreme, oh darling
Were the years of want and need
And the pain
With which you responded

Looking back, record keeper
It stings to count the tallies
For the world
Was an unkind place

Familiar pains, open heart
As you feel your body slip
And the urge
Is for suffering, known

Be still, dear one
For so apparent in these words
Is the truth-
You’ve come so far

You've Come So Far - A PTSD Poem by SoAngieWrites.com

There is perhaps no greater way for me to see progress than to read back over old writings. Several years of Live Journalling documented my great trials. I do not like to look back. I prefer to run in a forward direction, away from pain and past. Yet when I stop, and allow myself to turn around, what I see is a stunning trail of growth.  When reading old tales of despair, I feel my body respond with a clenched jaw, sick stomach, tight throat. Recalling those times triggers a response as if it’s all happening again. It is not. I take a deep breath and look around the here and now. I’m in a different place. No tigers. Be still.

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    • Angie

      Thanks, Misa! My Fight Or Flight is often in high-gear. I would be the most stellar cavewoman! No one would die on my watch! (nor relax)

  1. Yes, you have come so far and every day is another step forward. You are a product of your yesterdays and a vision of your tomorrows.

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