its a choice – my choice
Wednesday morning while driving into therapy, I was feeling a bit disconnected – I woke up not being sure I wanted to show up to session and be vulnerable to how disconnected I felt – I felt a bit quiet inside like emotions were right there at the surface . . . . .
Then… 3 words came to my mind and into my heart – ITS A CHOICE!
I have the choice to feel the way I am feeling! I have a choice to show up just as I am, and let my therapist connect with me and connect back! I have a choice to change anything that is going on inside of me!
Tears began to well up, and emotions were really present! Those 3 words just hit my heart so strongly, and I knew it was a message from God in that moment!
When I got to session, I could tell right away my therapist had this great energy about him. He was open and really gentle with his words, and his demeanor was soft.
Even though he could already tell, I told him right away “I am feeling really quiet, and emotions feel close to the surface, and you know how hard that is for me”.
Even after 8 1/2 years of therapy, emotions are still something I struggle to express!
My therapist then said something to me that was probably one of the most caring things I have ever heard him say, and he said to me “you work so hard in here, and I imagine you waking up this morning you just wanted to have a break from feeling all these feelings and working so hard in therapy like you do, it makes so much sense you would wake up feeling the way you did, and in this moment I wonder (and this may seem silly), but I wonder to myself, what if I can have the emotions for you?” …
I smiled a little, part of me being in shock, and then said to him “although that is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me, no one can feel my emotions for me, and to be honest, I wouldn’t want anyone to“.
It was in that moment I really understood just how much my therapist cares about me; how much he is here to support and walk this journey with me. (not that I didn’t know this or trust this after 8 1/2 years of working together) But hearing those words, I really got just how much I am supported in this journey and how blessed I am for that.
He also knows deep inside that it’s not possible to have someone’s emotions for them, but a part of him wished he could do that work for me so I could have a break!
It didn’t sound silly to me, because I know what its like to want to take pain away from someone else, I just never imagined anyone would want to do that for me.
I get it .. I really get it now.
I shared with him the 3 words I heard on my way in “It’s a choice” and I went on to tell him what it is I have the choice to do!
I have the choice to feel better when I feel sad..
I have the choice to not let fear over-take me.
I have the choice to not let others and their actions keep me in a place of disconnect.
I may not have the choice to change others, but I have the choice to change me and how I perceive the actions of anything outside of my power.
I have the choice to TAKE MORE STEPS!
I have the choice to HEAL what isolation I have been in for the past 2 years.
No one can take that choice for me, because no matter what happens, it’s up to me how I react and move through this journey and choose my feet to the path I take.
When I said all this, my therapist just sat with me in awe of the 3 words I put out there. “GOD is with you, God is with us in this moment he said”.
He went on to tell me that in this choice, I have his support, his care, his wisdom and guidance and I am not alone in this journey. He even went on to tell me how sad it was that I had to fight so hard every-day through this hard isolation I have been in the past couple of years, but he sees so much hope of me moving out of this because of that CHOICE I see and hear.
And I finally get it! I finally understand that no matter how I feel, no matter how many mornings I wake up in fear, no matter what feelings hit me, I have the choice to turn that around and direct it in any direction I want.
I can take the sadness I sometimes feel and turn it where it belongs and away from me. I can take the anger I have pent-up inside of me, and turn it away from me and direct it where it belongs –
By talking about it – by letting someone hear about my sadness and anger and finding a way to re-direct it right to where it belongs, – By writing about it – getting my feelings out to where they belong – and I have been doing those things this past year, only now, I BELIEVE in it, and I know the choice is mine now! I accept that these feelings and anger and sadness and frustration and fear are not mine to hold, I don’t deserve these feelings!
The energy in therapy room yesterday was nothing I have ever experienced! My therapist sometimes describes the energy as “sacred” … and that is what it was – SACRED!
When we come to an understanding – especially when it’s from God, It hits you a certain way to where you have this acceptance and belief and a moment where you take a breath just knowing “its Going to be ok”
As the session began to grow close to ending, my therapist said to me “I just want you to know you are so safe, and I am going to “watch” and “guard” and make sure nothing gets in the way, and if anything even looks remotely close to getting in the way, we will talk about it, I will tell you right away!
I felt this relief come off my shoulders and chest like I have never felt before. My heart was filled with so much thankfulness in that moment.
CHOICE .. it’s all about the choices I have to make something different! I can’t change the choice of anyone else but my own, and I think I finally see that my choice is just as strong (if not stronger) than the will of others.
All this on the [temporary path] that God led me on this past week.
November 12, 2015 at 4:37 PM
This was really powerful to read! I’m right in the middle of trying to understand that we have choices now. It’s not easy to remember that sometimes but your entry really spoke to me, so thank you. Gives me hope that I can get to a similar realization, one that works for me. Thank you!
November 12, 2015 at 6:16 PM
This post really touched my heart today. You are so right – we have a choice. My circumstances are totally different than yours, but this has been an emotional day for me too. My pain is mostly physical, but today the tears have been flowing. The emotions are real, and like you I have a choice to deal with them in a way that honors God. Thanks for sharing so honestly.
November 12, 2015 at 11:06 PM
Thank you for sharing your heart and soul. It’s deeply powerful and provokes me to make the choice to feel better.
November 12, 2015 at 11:25 PM
yes sweet lady, yes. I totally get this. sounds like me, and my counselor. love you.
November 14, 2015 at 10:42 AM
So much truth here. Yes! I think we are all in the process of healing from something. I grew up in fear too. I will carry your words with me. “It’s a choice!” Thank you and God bless you!
November 14, 2015 at 10:50 AM
Hi Deb! Thank you so much for your connection and thank you for your lovely comment. Yes I agree, we all are healing from something or will heal from something in our lifetime, and if I can connect with others around that healing, it makes is a journey so much worthy than being in it alone.
I enjoyed looking at your blog this morning .. I look forward to reading more 🙂
November 14, 2015 at 8:55 PM
What a beautiful moment of grace! To hear those words. I, too, am on a healing journey from childhood abuse, and appreciate all your hard work.