Healing Quotes Teens 445

“You don’t have to be perfect. With mental health problems, it’s hard to function at 100% all the time. It’s okay to be at 80%, or 50%, or 20% on some days.

Do your best, but let the past be the past and forgive yourself if you don’t get everything done that you would like.

You can do this. And if there’s some things you can’t, that’s okay. You’re still awesome.”
~ Depression Resource Blog

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“Books are the chocolate chips in the cookie of life.”
~ Unknown

Michaelmas, The Feast of St. Michael the Archangel

I have a particular fondness for Michael the Archangel. So each year I try to remember his feast day and to do something nice for myself, have a nice meal, take a nice bike ride, sit out in the sun, remind myself that I am loved, and that the angels protect me.

A Recent Loss

A relative in my extended family recently died. I love him very much. Having to experience the death and loss of a loved one who is much younger than you is so difficult.

For some years I had really wished that we could be spending more time together. It was an old family pattern that I was not successful in connecting up with family members to spend time with, even those who were not emotionally abusive. After excluding some emotional and verbal abusers from my life about five years ago, and refusing to go to family gatherings because of that reason, I didn’t see some of my extended family at all. I wanted to, but I have only found limited success in those desires and efforts.

So I’ve missed him terribly. And now he is gone. A relative told me this week that he had loved me very much. That I knew. I loved him very much as well. He was a sweet hearted boy who grew up to be a sweet hearted man. His sweet gentleness never failed to touch me and to make my life happier and more healed. What else I got told is that he had always felt a deep connection to me and expressed that to others. I didn’t know he felt that. I know now. It makes the loss feel deeper. I miss him.

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“No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make it. Have a unrelenting belief that things will work out, that the long road has a purpose, that the things that you desire may not happen today, but they will happen. Persist and persevere, your desired path remains possible.”

~ Brad Gast

An Egg Salad Sandwich

I wasn’t planning on having an egg salad sandwich, and even though I love them, I only rarely make them. Eggs just tend to sit around in my fridge, but I figure eventually I have to use them.

Some time ago I bought a little device for boiling eggs in the microwave. I love it. But I don’t do it much. So today I decided to cook some eggs.

When they were done I was deciding what to do with them. Most of the time I just eat them with some salt, which I think is pretty great. But as I was deciding at the kitchen counter today I thought of making egg salad and so I did. I ate it with some corn bread. I had a little celebration meal. It was wonderful.

It wasn’t until afterwards that I remembered one of my posts based on an overheard conversation. A woman on the bus was talking about her partner and how he did anything for her that she wanted, even to getting up and making her an egg salad sandwich when she wants it. I remembered at the end of the post that I wrote that it made me hungry for an egg salad sandwich and a man to make it for me.


Then I remembered this quote I had first heard when I was in my mid-twenties:

“So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul,

instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”

~ Jorge Luis Borges

Or egg salad sandwiches.

Healing Poems 56

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

~ Wendell Berry

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Survivor Resource Pages (Forty pages of resources, non-profit organizations, articles, and healing support for survivors of child sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, and dealing with the aftermath of child sexual abuse.)

Sidran Institute

PTSD Alliance

Gift from Within

Healing from Child Sexual Abuse

Grounding/Coping Skills

Self-Soothe/Comfort Skills

Emotions and Self-Esteem

Boundaries Skills

Body Image


Eating Disorders

Domestic Violence

A Recovery Bill of Rights for Trauma Survivors

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fact Sheet


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Symptoms and Diagnosis of PTSD

Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Myths and Facts About PTSD

PTSD Resources for Trauma Survivors Part 1

PTSD Resources for Trauma Survivors Part 2

PTSD Resources for Trauma Survivors Part 3

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (DSM_IV), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

My Illness is Not My Identity

What Causes PTSD?

Who is Typically Diagnosed with PTSD

Panic Attacks and PTSD: An Abuse Survivor’s Journey

Trauma Treatment Manual

Tips for Dealing with Panic Attacks

Dealing with the Effects of Trauma- A Self-Help Guide

Common Responses to Trauma- and Coping Strategies

Hope for Recovery: Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Skills I’ve Learned for Reduction of Trauma Based Maladaptive Behaviors

Recovery and Wellness Lifestyle- A Self-Help Guide

Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery

Nature as Muse, Healer, and Guide

The Creative Route to Your Authentic Self

PTSD and Art Therapy

Creating a Spiritual Anchor

Humor: The Human Gift for Coping and Survival

How Exercise Helps Symptoms of PTSD

How to Cope with PTSD and the Holiday Season

PTSD and Holidays

Managing PTSD and School

The Relational Cost of Trauma

What a Difference A Friend Makes (Advice for a friend)

PTSD: So Much to Do, and I Can’t Say a Word

Partners With PTSD

PTSD and Children of Survivors

PTSD and Parenting