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Don’t Go It Alone

Don’t Go It Alone!

Life is a “we,” Thing Not a “Me,” Thing

As veterans we all have faced our own demons in life. We struggle with lingering memories. We wonder why we are alive, and our buddies are not.

We need to realize that we are not alone. We do not have to face life on an island. There are many around us who can help.

We isolate ourselves into a world of silence. We don’t want help. We think we can take on the battle in our minds alone. Isolation is our silent enemy.

There’s pride in isolation-thinking we can live our lives through our own power. As a result of this, we distance ourselves from those who know us best.

Don’t fall into the trap of isolation. Living life is:

Not a “me,” thing- it’s a “we,” thing.

In the Bible it says in Proverbs:

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.  (Proverbs 27:17)

We need to be held accountable by those close to us. We need to share our lives, hurts, disappointments with our family and friends.

Accountability is the key to our wellbeing.

For accountability to work long term, we must have:

Transparency- We must be willing to be seen as we really are. Many of us are afraid to let anyone to see who we really are. We are afraid of rejection.

Choice- We must be willing to change.

Confidentiality- Everything shared should not go any further than those we trust.

Commitment- Everyone involved should be committed to helping each other through their storms. No giving up. No turning our back on them.

 Confrontation- This may be a tough one, but we must hold our loved ones accountable. We must share with them that what they are doing is not OK. We must make them face the truth.

Being isolated from the world is a very tough thing. It is something we ourselves allow. We need to do a U-turn and allow those around us to head our lives in the right direction.

If you are battling PTSD, TBI, war wounds, depression, etc. Get help. It could be in your own home.

There is always help at:

1-800-273-8255

Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all…never, ever, give up!

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