Break the cycle
“There are far too many silent sufferers. Not because they don’t yearn to reach out, but because they’ve tried and found no one who cares.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich
It takes a lot of courage to admit defeat. A lot of courage to say, “I have been hurt”, “I am traumatized”, “I was abused”, “my life is a mess right now”. It is an on-going cycle and the scars and burden we carry hang on to our feet like a corpse being dragged everywhere we go. It is the words we do not say that will haunt us physically, emotionally and mentally.
At times we are vocal, but we do not get the reaction we want, or even worse no reaction at all. But that does not mean stay silent but keep speaking because you will find that one person or that one organization that will care, that will bring you out of the ruins of the collapsed building that was once your throbbing spirit that dared to dream.
I think about the people of Lebanon quite a lot these days because this year Lebanon will be one of the destinations for the Speak Trauma workshop. Lebanese poet, Zeina Hashem Beck highlights some of the horrors the entire country has been facing; a global pandemic, a full-blown economic crisis, protestors cries that have fallen on deaf ears. On top of that, a port explosion that literally shook the entire country and like Zeina puts it “we weren’t disaster-lacking. ما ناقصنا “.
We like to speak out about trauma, about pain, about suffering not because we want to pour salt on open wounds. But because we want to shed light on the things that should matter, that need to be acknowledged so that the healing process can begin. So that we can recognize toxic patterns and break the cycle of suffering that gets carried from generation to generation.