Everyone has a story. Everyone has a past. It’s the meaning you assign that story, and what you do with it that determines your destiny. Wouldn’t it be great, if in the snap of your fingers you could rewrite your entire life’s story? Rewrite it in such a way that when you play it back, there is positive meaning. Further, that at each point along the story, you realize what you have learned, and how the situation made you stronger and better equipped to conquer obstacles in your future.
The problem with the theory above is: How? How do we take traumatizing events and use them for our betterment? In today’s podcast with my first ever returning guest William Rodriguez (from episode 5), we talk about three distinct suggestions to help someone get closer to finding happiness and purpose in their life, even if in the moment it seems impossible:
- Seek help.
It’s very hard to have a different perspective on our life, because it’s OUR life. Seeing things from a different vantage point other than our own, requires a neutral party to listen and offer up ideas and viewpoints that we may have never considered. This is a big reason why I am such a supporter of mentorship and coaching. True strength lies in having the ability to ask for help. Realizing you can’t go it alone, is the first step in healing.
- Don’t keep your feelings and emotions bottled up.
I think we all know what happens to a soda can that has been shaken and then popped open… it explodes everywhere. The pressure that has built up, is desperately seeking a release, and the second there’s a crack―look out. People are no different. The more things stay bottled up, the higher the likeliness for an eruption. There are many avenues that are extremely helpful. These range from journaling, guided meditation, Tapping (EFT), and counseling, just to name a few. Everyone has something that works best for them, the key is to start.
- Have a gratitude practice.
No matter what you have going on in your life, how old you are, where you live, your financial status, or your physical health, we all have something that warrants our gratitude Maybe it starts with being grateful you are alive. Over time that list begins to grow, and finding things to be grateful for becomes easy. With this practice, we ultimately begin to find gratitude in each moment, both in the good times and the challenging ones as they are happening.
This podcast is dedicated to every active service member and veteran who struggles with Post Traumatic Stress. William is a highly decorated Army veteran, having done three tours in Iraq. He has since left the Army, received his Master’s degree from The University of Southern California (USC), in Military Social Work, and works tirelessly in veteran’s suicide prevention. He is also featured in the Documentary, “Thank you for your service.”
Please watch the trailer from the film, below. If you are in a place to help, either with your time or through donation, I do not know of a more worthy or impactful cause than this one.
With Heartfelt Gratitude,
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The U.S. military faces a mental health crisis of historic proportions. Thank You for Your Service takes aim at the flawed mental health policies within the Armed Services and their tragic consequences. Director Tom Donahue (Casting By) interweaves the stories of four Iraq War veterans with candid interviews of top military and civilian leaders. Observing the systemic neglect, the film argues for significant internal change and offers a roadmap of hope.
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