There has come a time in my life that I can only imagine what I am supposed to do with this life that I have been born in to. It is not easy to ‘trust’ and be ‘patient’ as I ‘hear’ what might be the clues I need to continue on as I work hard to fulfill whatever it is I am meant to do.
I can only imagine how my spiritual gifts of listening has helped to guide me and I use my intuitiveness to help guide others in the work I do. I also go to church and pray as I feel the power of my inner voice in a sacred quiet place that feels special as I know God is listening.
Each of us has the little child in us, and I can only imagine what she would say to me now as an adult. Would she be proud of me in all that I have accomplished? Would she be proud of the woman I have become?
I can only imagine how proud she might be of me especially as I have honored her and have worked through the struggles she felt as a child and all she experienced but didn’t understand.
When I was a little girl, those spiritual gifts were not there so I can only imagine how lonely she was as I can only recall from what my memories would allow. And, at some point not being able to recall those memories as a child created mistrust with the little girl in me and once again I felt alone but this time I felt abandoned.
During a difficult time in my adult years, I was in the middle of an emotional crisis, I couldn’t connect with her but when I finally did I can only imagine how she felt as I imagined she cried as I did.
I can only imagine why the little girl in me did this and although it was hard to understand, I finally ‘trusted’ and reached deeper to grab her hand to help me as I help her.
Now she helps me as I help her and I ‘listen’ to her as I help others who struggle with similar experiences as ‘we’ did. I love my life and my work as I share some of ‘our’ experiences with others to help give them HOPE and help them find the love and trust I eventually found.
Understanding these feelings is what keeps me living a healthy and happy life as we live the life we were meant to, and, together, "we can only imagine” what our future has for us.
As I continue with my own wellness transformation journey, I realize more and more each day how I have really become a different person.
I am breaking the chain from my past struggles and triggers that try to challenge me today and I am accomplishing this because of the important life changing concept of WRAP that came into my life 6 years ago.
It is an incredible feeling to know I have HOPE and can handle anything like when the wave of struggles and triggers always come and I know it will not knock me down anymore. I have been able to do this because I understand the feelings associated with those struggles and triggers. This has allowed me to develop a technique of using my WRAP like a flow chart to keep me aware of who I am especially as I change and become a stronger more confident woman.
As I continue to facilitate 4 WRAP workshops a week, this amount of time facilitating has helped me to become more confident and passionate as I continue to honor the values and ethics of a certified WRAP Facilitator. More importantly, being able to see myself in each member allows me to reach inside myself to adjust my style and offer peer support because of my own lived experiences before and after using WRAP.
The ability to inspire and bring out someone’s own strengths as they begin to understand themselves differently and learn the same methods of using the WRAP like a flowchart as I have to regain balance back in to their life is something so incredible to be a part of.
Not only do I facilitate the WRAP workshops as they were intended, but being able to share with others how I maneuvered around some of my own challenges with triggers has become such a valuable part of my workshops.
Utilizing the peer support model and sharing some of the tools of ‘peeling apart the onion’ of a trigger and how I use my ‘past and present bridge’ helps everyone understand for themselves that they can also make their own wellness transformation.
What I see in each participant as they leave each workshop is that they are thinking of how this can work in their own life and because of peer support, finally someone has shared with them a practical and easy long term method to help themselves. When they come back each week, they have started to make their own changes and transformations!
In the 5 years I have been facilitating WRAP workshops, “ZERO” participants have ever gone back into a psychiatric hospital unit. This is an incredible statistic to share as I continue my work as a Peer Specialist and a Certified WRAP Facilitator.
My goal is to share with others what helped assist me in “breaking the chain” of being held down by my past struggles and triggers and understand the feelings from them.
I have learned to find my own wellness in a world that has us faced with a barrage of challenges, struggles and our perceived triggers. Bringing WRAP workshops further out into the community where everyone can benefit from them especially those who have never struggled but feel suicidal is so important and essential to help our fellow neighbor continue to have HOPE.
"REAL People Helping People With REAL Struggles"
Hi my name is Linda and I created The Support Place Where HOPE Lives to offer human to human - heart to heart support to those who are looking for non clinical inspirational, motivational guidance. This blog has been created to share with others what has inspired and guided me through some life struggles. I am married to my teenage sweetheart and we have 7 beautiful children ages 14-28. My journey which I believe has been a spiritual one that I did not recognize at first, is one that I hope inspires not only my family but for others who are looking for some HOPE to work through your own life journey.