Do Not Let Trauma define you

Recently I listened to the On Being podcast in which Rachel Yehuda, the director of the Traumatic Stress Studies Division at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, was interviewed. She spoke of how trauma changes us, having spent years studying survivors of large collective traumas like the Holocaust and 9/11. Listen here if you want.

Yes, it changes us, but we don't have to let it define us, she says.

We are in a worldwide collective trauma. For many of us here, it is just inconvenient. But there are many who are seriously suffering. I think of those who are told to stay home who don't have homes; and those who live in very inadequate spaces, with too many people already in one or two room places; those who live in tents in refugee camps; those in situations that they can't escape, but need to.

This trauma will change our world. How will we use those changes, and can we make them be for the better? Can this bring about a greater appreciation of nature, and of our neighbors? Will young people be so tired of screen time that they will long for less of it, and more interpersonal interaction?

I invite you to contemplate on these things, as well as these thoughts from the Bible:

“God didn't give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled.” - 2 Timothy 1:7

“Let's not get tired of doing good, because in time we'll have a harvest if we don't give up.” -Galatians 6:9

Blessings to you....................... Jeannie