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“The study of psychological trauma has an ‘underground’ history. Like traumatized people, we have been cut off from the knowledge of our past. Like traumatized people, we need to understand the past in order to reclaim the present and future. Therefore, an understanding of psychological trauma begins with rediscovering history.”1
The author chose this quote from Judith Lewis Herman to begin her book. Considering the subject matter, it works perfectly.
1 Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery (New York, NY: Basic Books, 2015), 2.
“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don’t have the strength.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Laura selected this quote to begin Chapter 17. I would argue that there is also strength in knowing when to back off, to re-evaluate, to rest. I was one of those people who went to work deathly ill on more than one occasion. I always ignored health problems until they became critical. At nearly 60 years old, I am now learning to do certain things I should have been doing all along for my well-being.
Until next time!