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Title: Dear Guest
Post by: Jazzy on March 13, 2021, 03:25:41 AM
Dear Guest,

I don't know who you are, or what you've been through. I don't know how you're doing, or what you're facing. However, given that you are here, I expect it has been difficult, so I want to offer you some encouragement.

You are worth being cared for and loved, both by yourself and others. You deserve to heal and live a happy, full life. I wish you all the best, and peace from the storm.

Jazzy

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It amazes me that every day I am here, I see 50+ guests online at the same time as me. There are so many people that come here, and I just want to acknowledge them in a positive way.
Title: Re: Dear Guest
Post by: woodsgnome on March 13, 2021, 01:28:17 PM
If it's okay, jazzy, I'd like to second your recognition of all who visit here, whether they can share or not. Just coming here indicates it may be too hard to accept that there can be a place like this forum where the harshness of life with cptsd can perhaps be softened just by finding others who've been hurt.

I was reminded of a poem by Rumi which speaks of guests that reads:

 This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jalaluddin Rumi

 :grouphug:
Title: Re: Dear Guest
Post by: Jazzy on March 14, 2021, 01:34:44 AM
Thank you Woodsgnome :)
Title: Re: Dear Guest
Post by: smindia1981 on June 14, 2021, 07:46:16 PM
Dear Guest,

I don't know who you are, or what you've been through. I don't know how you're doing, or what you're facing. However, given that you are here, I


expect it has been difficult, so I want to offer you some encouragement.

You are worth being cared for and loved, both by yourself and others. You deserve to heal and live a happy, full life. I wish you all the best, and peace from the storm.

Jazzy

--

It amazes me that every day I am here, I see 50+ guests online at the same time as me. There are so many people that come here, and I just want to acknowledge them in a positive way.

Thank you Jazzy.
I am new and scared and angry and ashamed and raging.
Just that you took time to write means a lot.
Thank you
Title: Re: Dear Guest
Post by: smindia1981 on June 14, 2021, 07:49:10 PM
If it's okay, jazzy, I'd like to second your recognition of all who visit here, whether they can share or not. Just coming here indicates it may be too hard to accept that there can be a place like this forum where the harshness of life with cptsd can perhaps be softened just by finding others who've been hurt.

I was reminded of a poem by Rumi which speaks of guests that reads:

 This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.

Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

— Jalaluddin Rumi

 :grouphug:

Thank you woodsgnome.
You put it perfectly. The trauma subsides momentarily when you encounter others who have been scarred just like you and worse. As if the pain binds us. And perhaps together, in our own separate way, maybe we can find a safe healing place for ourselves.
Thank you