The 1980 movie "Ordinary People" directed by Robert Redford, starring Mary Tyler Moore, Donald Sutherland and Timothy Hutton is a powerful, moving one about a family dealing with grief on their own terms, internalizing it and how it effects each one.www.youtube.com/watch
I can remember watching the movie when it came out and thinking to myself "how sad this is! These people are each in so much pain, but yet try to cover it up and appear as if nothing was wrong".
That is the case for so many families. Families are as "sick as their own secrets".
Joyce Meyer is an author and speaker that reveals of her childhood trauma and how for years, she has fought the ramifications caused by that. It has effected her decision making, her attitude, her reactions to others and yet, through it all, has overcome the odds and with her faith, has turned that trauma in her life around.
In her book "Confident Woman", she writes:
" It takes true courage and boldness to walk in faith and wait for God to vindicate you when you are ill treated. What I thought was boldness had no ability to do that. A true person would be much better off to tell the truth and say, ' I'm afraid but I'm going to do it afraid', than to pretend they were not afraid and live in phoniness and self-deception. Genuinely brave people not only have the courage to take action, they also have the courage to wait when they need to."
We all have our own crosses to bare in life. Some, more than others. But, my goal and prayer in these words that I write is that no one is bound to pain.
We do not have to carry it our whole lives within ourselves hoping that it will all just go away. We run, we make bad decisions, we take our internalized anger and put it onto others distancing ourselves, eventually, from everyone. Internalized pain can cause illnesses and cancer, lead to drug and alcohol addictions, continuing the cycle and drawing other hurting people to us.
Only we have make the choice to take the pain that we've endured over the years and turn it around for the positive. To motivate us to release it and become stronger people than ever before.
That is what I hope to continue to share with others, so that they, too, do not have to be bound by fear, loneliness and pain.