A Beautiful Mess

A Sexual Abuse and Addiction Recovery Blog

“…gifts from suffering…”

on May 17, 2012

While in treatment at The Healing Center, I found that I heard this phrase a lot: “…gifts from suffering…”

That’s pretty deep to me.

A lot of times I can spend time dwelling on all of the losses and all of the pain and just basically stay focused on my trauma in the past.  But when I think about what my gifts are from suffering, I feel “the journey”.

Although there have been and will be times that seem dismal and overwhelming… the tides of life keep it moving.  It truly is a journey.

My gift from suffering is the ability to tune into another person’s emotions on a very empathic level.  I feel their pain.  I feel their joy.  While it’s a bit much sometimes, it is a gift.  I feel as though I can relate to people and show a level of compassion that people who have never experienced trauma could.  I feel comfort in seeking those people out, because they understand, I understand.  It’s a connection that a lot of people in life will never experience.  I feel like I am alive, alert… aware that life is precious but can be gone in the blink of an eye.  And just because we are breathing most certainly does not mean we are alive.

Blessed with gifts from suffering.

I ask you, my friend, can you identify a gift from your suffering?

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2 responses to ““…gifts from suffering…”

  1. Jeannette says:

    Hello,
    Thank you for writing this blog and sharing your experiences with the world. I am reaching out because we are making a documentary that encourages survivors of child sex abuse to talk more freely about their experiences. I wanted to let you know that we featured a quote from this blog post on our social channels today. You can see the Twitter post here: https://twitter.com/casualconvofilm/status/266187098497904640 and the Facebook post will go up a little after 12PM EST on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CasualConvoFilm. I hope this note finds you well. Please let us know if you’re not comfortable with our having featured your post, and we will remove it!
    Best,
    -Jeannette

  2. I wish you well on your journey with your documentary. Looking forward to seeing the end result 🙂

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