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Ok I love these things as well as my MapMyRuns Weekly Digests!
The other day I sat down and wrote up the work I had done in the last 3 of the final 4 chapters of the workbook and how it relates to my current life. I felt afterwards, I shouldn’t have done that, that no one is listening, and if they are, they’re just thinking, “shut up and get over it.” Then I read this today:
Tim O’Brien, Vietnam veteran, and author of The Things They Carried, once wrote: “Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.”
I believe stories can change the world. I always have and I always will. As a child, reading and writing saved my life. It’s why I became an English teacher. It’s why I wrote Thirty Days with My Father: Finding Peace from Wartime PTSD. I believe stories have the power to help us face our truths, to make us better understand each other, and to teach us the morality by which to live.
Stories can make the unseen seen. They can make the intangible tangible, the general specific. They can strike a chord in people and make them change—make them take action, and even help them heal—the way nothing else ever could.
Though I can hope day in and day out that my blog and sharing my experience with SuperBetter is helping others getting better from trauma, I know I am really doing it for myself. And I have strongly encouraged others to start their own blogs because it has been by far the most therapeutic thing I’ve done. It helps me keep track of my progress and makes me seriously check in with myself on how I am feeling in the present moment. Every time I get discouraged I remind myself of this and sit down and take the time to write.
Ok this post is really just for fun.
On the Media: SuperBetter Diaries Entry 3 – http://www.onthemedia.org/blogs/on-the-media/2011/oct/19/superbetter-diaries-entry-3-movin-along/
I liked this guy’s post about the quests his allies had given him and Jane directing him to check out Omar Little on Twitter: “Take strength! Take courage!!!! Be a warrior not a worrier!” Some of the quests his allies gave him could really brighten up your day. It makes me think I need to seriously do some of my fun quests I gave myself, like the broken babelfish cartoons.
The Hybrid Athlete: Why You Suck and Look the Same – http://www.thehybridathlete.com/why-you-suck-and-look-the-same/
Ok, I think this post can be a little extreme, but I get it and feel that way about people, life in general, and my own physical fitness and battles. I may catch myself complaining, “the course was too hilly” or “so-and-so didn’t communicate with me”, but often I just take full responsibility for what went down. “Your outlook sucks” is often a good reminder to pull me out of poor mental states. And then that brings me to the next two things I read that help explain some things about why I’ve always been able to meet my goals and be so damn driven.
Pick the Brian: 7 Habits Highly Effective People Don’t Have – http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/7-habits-highly-effective-people-dont-have/
At work, I probably annoy people because I am always evaluating the priorities of things and focus on completing one thing at a time according to that priority. My desk is also always completely free of clutter. I don’t even print out much. Everything is organized on my computer. I am always asking the question, “What is the worst that can happen if I do this?” and just get on with it. I’ve always been a pretty clear goal setter and luckily had training on how to do this. One of my biggest pet peeves is people who blame other people. I actually pride myself on taking responsibility for my failures. I have done it a zillion times at work and personally. Life is not about being perfect. Life is about living it. We shouldn’t be afraid to take risks and try things. That’s my take.
DISC Personality Test – http://www.123test.com/disc-personality-test/
My results explained a lot.
Influence – 32%
Sometimes their concern for people and people’s feelings may make them reluctant to disturb a favourable situation or relationship.
Dominance – 28%
Steadiness – 24%
Compliance – 16%
Free in thought, word and deed, they long for freedom and go to great lengths to achieve it.
discusonline.com talks a lot about the negative traits of my results as well, which I can identify with.