Is it because I grew up in a military town that I tend to gravitate toward stories about soldiers who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Have I been seeing more of these stories lately since our biggest patriotic holiday here in the US just occurred? For whatever reason, I keep running across these stories. And they got me thinking… is there something beyond post traumatic? Some sort of benefit that could come from experiencing a trauma?
Could there be such a thing as post traumatic growth?
First off, who am I talking about here? Who is considered part of a group who has experienced something traumatic? Since I’m no therapist, and don’t claim to be an authority on PTSD, I’m taking it down a notch and not focusing on the disorder, but rather focusing on trauma in general — anyone who has experienced a sense of acute anxiety fits in this category.
And who is that?
Who reading this has ever witnessed ongoing family violence? Been raped? Sexually abused? Robbed? Attacked? Unfortunately, this list can be quite lengthy. And equally unfortunate, the majority of eyes reading this right now can relate.
So, who in their right mind would associate trauma to triumph, as today’s title suggests?
This is who:
The person who goes through something horrific and because of it, comes out stronger. Someone who figures out how to grow out of the stress and make it to the other side, whole, and intact.
And this person, by the way, is also keenly aware of how to appreciate the wonders and beauty of life, because they’ve experienced the flip side of the coin.
Experiencing the downs makes us appreciate and recognize the ups.
Experiencing the downs gives us the capability to empathize with others.
Experiencing the downs teaches us life skills that lend themselves to traits like tenacity, perseverance, endurance, intestinal fortitude. Life skills that we can put in our tool belt and later transfer to other facets of our lives.
Surprisingly enough, there is much good that comes from the ‘down times’ (sounds less ominous than trauma, huh?). In fact, these down times actually prepare us to better handle true trauma when it appears.
Here’s what we have in common, TLT readers:
- we have all had down times
- quite a few of us have experienced trauma
- visiting this site tells me you’re seeking Truth
- and if you’re a seeker of Truth, then you’re strong as Hell
- strong people are strong because they’ve experienced Life
- they’re also the people who can turn lemons into lemonade
- people who can turn trauma into triumph
And These People Are YOU
You have the ability to turn trauma into triumph in your life. It may not be the easiest thing you’ve ever done; chances are it’ll take some effort. In fact, you may even need to seek assistance. But I believe You Can, and You Will.
Start making some lemonade, folks! With the summer heat down here in Texas, I would not turn down a glass if you offered me one! In fact, I’d be honored to sit and sip lemonade with you. And maybe as we drank, you’d tell me Your Story of Trauma to Triumph.
By sharing our stories, we help others to learn and grow. And through the act of telling our stories, we may even learn and grow ourselves.
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are stronger at the broken places.” ~Ernest Hemingway
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