We don’t reach the light through endless analysis of the dark. We reach the light by choosing the light.
– Marianne Williamson
True confession: when I swim over dark water, I’m overcome by fear of prehistoric creatures rising from darkened depths and grabbing me. It harkens back to days as a young girl, reading through glossy prints of terrifying prehistoric fish. Imagine a piranha, and multiply its size and number of teeth by 100. You get the picture.
For some reason, if I swim with someone beside me, I’m safe. A magical band of protection unites us and protects us from harm.
Trauma recovery is like that. Alone, in the dark, it’s terrifying. Together, by shining a light on it, somehow it doesn’t seem so overwhelming.
Belinda Seagram, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Executive Director, Landing Strong