accompishment and celebration

March 9, 2012Karen Courcy

Today was about accomplishment and celebration in my healing. Today was one of my favorite days in this journey I have been on; regardless of still feeling sad and weak.

For years in my healing, when I have gone through something hard to the point of feeling really weak and I don’t want to admit it – I tend to run off, hide and lick my own wounds.

Sometimes, I care so much about my damn independence that I won’t let people help when I feel REALLY weak.

I have gone into disconnection because of it in the past, and that sometimes leads to “tension” in my work, and the people around me.

I also tend to get very defensive when I am not feeling as strong. I will try and make people mad with me so that they won’t have to support me in my “rougher moments”.

I tend to feel guilty when I feel weak and have the need for support, so I run and rather take care of it on my own. The feeling of need scares me, and sometimes I run when I feel a need for help, or extra support.

I get defensive and start putting up my shields, so that I can run and tend to myself not having to worry about dragging anyone else into my misery that I am feeling at the moment.

Today, going into session on the heels of writing that very hard write about my mom last night, I was having a tough time. I had a rough night sleeping, I was feeling guilty for how hard of a time I have had this week. I felt horrible for exposing my mom as I did, but at the same time it’s my pain, and I need to heal, but it still hurt.

When I got there today, the energy in the room wasn’t good, I was picking up off energy all around me, I was defensive and hyper vigilant, expectations for both of us were not met that we both thought were there, and it caused a “tension”.

I was reminded today that tension is bound to happen when you work so long together and on very hard hard stuff, and this is some very hard stuff.

Normally when this happens, I would shut down, get quiet, swallow it, and disconnect and tend to my own wounds later – Today however was different. Today I made a change, today I chose “connection and support” over “disconnection and isolation”.

I stood up in my anger and defensiveness, he stood up in his frustrations of not knowing what was there and why, and the tension was broke! We both stood on the edge of disconnection, and decided to turn, talk, solve, and not allow disconnection to take me.

I finally allowed myself to say “I NEED SUPPORT” in this weak place! I did not run to the corner and lick my own wounds. I finally accepted that I can have people around me that love and support me and not run off to tend to the weakness and only be accepted in strength!


We sat and talked about it for 90 minutes, found where the tension was, found why I was defending myself, figure it out, worked it through, I accepted, I cried, I found my voice, I read the blog from last night that I wrote, I figured out what I was trying to do, we connected, and I moved through it.

I realized today that I am worthy even in my weakness to those around me. I don’t always have to be this strong person who heals all the time. I dont have to be this person who has to SMILE when I dont feel like smiling! I realized today I am just as strong in this tough week I had, as I was strong a month ago.

I gave up my independence that I am so adimient about, and I allowed being dependent on someone today.

I said the words “I NEED SUPPORT”.. 3 words I hardly ever ask for.

Celebration and Accomplishment!

We laughed about our growlness! We got up and both did a dance together, it was actually pretty funny and embarrassing, but I felt happy in that moment!

Today I am sitting here with a smile on my face because now I don’t have to go run into a corner and lick my wounds in my independence. NOW I am accepting support from everyone around me – today is the first day I don’t feel guilty for “needing” support.

I may still feel sad about my mom and what I wrote last night, and I may still be at a tough patch right now with my emotions, but today is different because I am allowing myself to be OK with that, and allow and accept support in “connection”

Celebration and accomplishment!

Today, I smile



  • …..

    March 9, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Thank you for sharing your happiness with us! You deserve some celebration :)!

    1. Karen Beth Courcy

      March 9, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      Thank you …. thank you for your comments as of lately, it means alot to me. I tried clicking on the icon of your response to respond to you privatley last night about your mom, but there was no link.

      but thank you very much.


  • Hanna D

    March 9, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Karen (LOVE) – you made ME smile! you do work hard, you are always coming here and writing such beautiful healing pieces, you are honoring you, you are doing everything you are supposed to be doing, and you also need support in times of weakness. I have been a therapist for years and never have seen someone work so hard like you write about.

    Your therapist is right, there is bound to be tension when such hard work is being done, and sometimes that tension needs to be broken for a clear connection.

    My clients I work with, alot of the times they have a hard time even getting close to that tension and allowing it, you did GOOD work today Karen, and I am so glad you are finding it OK to accept support.

    SMILE BIG, you deserver it Lady


    1. Karen Beth Courcy

      March 9, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      Hanna! *blush* thank you.. and yes I realize that there is a blessing and a curse to working so hard sometimes.

      before leaving session today I said “I just want a PEACEFUL and HAPPY WEEKEND, I just want to feel GOOD even if I am havign a hard time. My job this weekend is to find ways to honor that.. allow, and accept, and maybe write about something FUN…

      Thank you Hanna, I will try and find ways to honor this

      I am SMILING BIG! 🙂

  • Gretchen Allen Rough

    March 9, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Karen, this is my first time on your blog, wow! I love the open-ness to your story and your past.

    I came over from Eileen’s blog and I love your layout and beautiful photos.

    Thank you for reminding us about not always having to smile when you dont feel like smiling. I think sometimes those moment when we smile when we dont want to, are more painful than how we are feeling.

    I will read more of your blog, thank you

  • Karen Beth Courcy

    March 9, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    Hi Gretchen,

    Thank you for coming to my blog, much appriciated! Eileen has a wonderful blog too 🙂

    thank you for your thoughts 🙂


  • Shannon

    March 9, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Hi Karen,

    good for you! finally come peace in your mind that you so deserve. It sounded like a great session today, so happy for you and that you have that work in therapy to help move you through this.

    I actually just started therapy 3 months ago, he is a christian counselor, I find that to be helpful in my work, I hope that I can find healing in my work like you

    God Bless


    1. Karen Beth Courcy

      March 9, 2012 at 7:57 PM


      First of all, good for you for finding a counselor, I know how much it means to you to have faith in your life.

      yeah my therapist is christian as well, he has a master in divinity which is very huge to have in the couseling field..

      It helps to have the faith in my therapy, but it’s not all of it, just a small part of it

      – But yeah, he is quite an amazing soul, I tell him that alot!

      I hope you grown in your therapy too.. I can’t wait to hear about it

      Drop me a line or text me –

      How is your dad? is he still up in Burlington?

  • Anna

    March 9, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Karen, I am so glad you have found peace today. There is nothing better than finding peace in connection, thats a good thing to find peace in.


  • Karen Beth Courcy

    March 9, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Thank you Anna 🙂 .. it’s funny, I haven’t been able to sleep all week, but now tonight, I found myself falling asleep with my hands on the laptop.. I guess that is a sign

    🙂 HUGS.. thank you for your comment this evening..


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