what’s this feeling?

February 11, 2013Karen Courcy

a8743dc2014db302343dadac920f51e4I haven’t slept yet – I have been up all night. It’s been a long time since I have pulled an all-nighter and I have to say for the first time in a long time – I enjoyed it!

I exchanged emails with my support, I wrote a little in my journal, I did some reading, I organized and worked on some things I have been wanting to work on.

For the first time in a long time I wasn’t up all night because I couldn’t sleep due to stress or sadness, I was up all night because I wanted to embrace the goodness I was feeling inside, and didn’t want to sleep it off.

My therapist sent me an email last night and it felt inviting and supportive. He made me feel like hope and connection was all around me; that maybe the end of this hard year was near, and he gave me so much goodness to ponder on.

What is this feeling? Is this the feeling of peace, of hope and grace? Is this the feeling of an ending to a hard year and maybe just maybe I can breathe a little knowing that things could fall back into place?

Then there is the side of me that holds the old stuff inside of me that is waiting for the ball to drop! I am waiting for the joke to be told “Ha Ha you actually thought you would have a night to where you felt good, think again Karen, it wont last”. You know, the old me is waiting for the “but”, “well” , “hold on .. wait a minute, not so fast”.

Pessimistic? No! – Realistic to the theme of things this past year? Yes! I am far from letting my guard down, but I am not closing the door on the goodness completely, I believe letting a little light in is where the healing begins.

It felt like an old familiar empowering feeling that I haven’t felt in a long time. I wanted to do a million things and only had room for one thing at a time. I felt open to invite whatever it was inside that was trying to come in.

I found myself enjoying being online and gathering great quotes and photos for my blog writing. I had my favorite TV show “Friends” running in the background and found myself chuckling along while I wrote some ideas down for some projects I am working on.

I looked at the clock and saw 4am and thought “Nathan gets up in just 3 hours, why not stick it out, I am not even close to tired”.

Here I am 9am, and I am still awake – maybe getting a little tired, but it was worth it.

I texted my therapist this morning and asked him if I could change my 10am session to a later time so I could rest. He texted me back giving me a later time and I was grateful. I never change my session times – how different and good was that?

What is this feeling? Whatever it is I like it.. and if it doesn’t last long, at least I know I had it once, and I Will have these moments again. If tomorrow is hard, I will embrace this good, and I will look back on this post and realize that these are the very moments to hold onto; these are the moments we can have again – even when at times it seems impossible.

What is this feeling? I think it’s a feeling of goodness and grace with a little bit of hope.


  • Gel

    February 12, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Dear Karen,
    You keep on blooming!

    An all nighter…sometimes it’s magical to be awake and inspired during those hours when everyone and everything seems to be asleep.

    This line really struck me:

    “…….I am far from letting my guard down, but I am not closing the door on the goodness completely….”

    I believe that we have a guard up for a very good reason…usually from the past difficulties. So I respect ‘guards’. However I also know that to grow I have to re-examine my guard and challenge myself to take risks and open to change. And to let goodness in too.

    I think, as a person who has guards due to past abuse and due to not having highly functional skills, that my guard patterns are to be honored and that it takes time to let the guard down. I get to determine the pace and the places where to let down my guard.

    But It’s not all in my control or at my choice. Life has other plans for me too. So that is part of the challenge.

    And it seems like this last year you have had to deal with outside circumstances that are not in your control. But I think that is part of learning to live life on life’s terms. I just am glad that we do have choice too.

    Hope that made sense.

    Have a good sleep.

    1. Karen Courcy

      February 12, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      GEL.. thank you for your insight.. I love that we can all come together and inspire each other through our trials …

      It was a good night, and then I had a VERY sad day today of just tears.. I guess it’s healing to honor both..

      Thank you for your nice comment 🙂

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