In the news this week there is boycott which recently caught my interest. At one point I made the mistake of reading a few comments below one of the articles I found.
Just days before this happened I came across an Instagram post talking about hate speech. It was difficult to process these incidents. They (and one family-related event) really hit me hard.
I was unprepared for the physical and emotional and psychological reactions. My body, my mind, my feelings, all triggered and running for cover. Taken together, one following so closely behind the next, it was a painful reminder of how much work I still have ahead of me. At the same time, it was an educational opportunity.
Immediately I began to (metaphorically) reach around, grasping, looking for tools. CLICK HERE to see one of the places I was directed to linger. Read through that list; feel the healing wash over you, as it did for me. Spend some time there.
The message through it all, what I heard so clearly, was one of:
The more prepared we are, the better. This is just a fact. But what if we get blind-sided? If something sneaks up on us? What if we have no control over what crashes in to our lives?
When we have a nice set of resources to draw upon, it’s very much like being prepared. We have tools; we’ve gathered around us what it takes to rebalance. We now recognize the signs and we head straight for the healing.
The more we do this, and the more we educate ourselves on where to turn in a crisis situation, the better we are able to stay steady. That doesn’t mean we won’t feel the hit. Because, wow, these certainly bashed me in a significant way.
But it’s more about how fast we bounce back. These experiences didn’t bring me down for as long, they didn’t feel as bad. Just THAT is a success, as far I’m concerned.