As my mother would say, trauma recovery is ‘a long and winding road.’ Seeing it that way – and accepting it – makes the journey so much easier.
In the foreword to my trauma recovery memoir that comes out in April, Dr. Alex Pattakos describes it this way:
Like all of us, Michele’s life path has been like walking a labyrinth–a path of meaning to be experienced. Whether we may know it or not, when we walk the path we are never really lost even though we can never quite see where we are going. Along the path we sometimes move forward with ease and confidence; sometimes we creep ahead cautiously; sometimes we feel the need to stop and reflect; and sometimes we feel the urge to retreat. The center of the labyrinth is there but our path takes us through countless twists and turns. Sometimes we are at the heart of our life experiences, sometimes we are at a playful turn; sometimes we share our path with others, and other times we don’t. No matter what, we are still on the labyrinth path. It holds all our life experiences. Indeed, in so many ways, the labyrinth is like life.