Monday, July 07, 2008
Full Circle - Chapter 1 - Part 4 (The story started on Monday June 16th and has been continued every Monday this summer.) The story of Annie and Jessie continues . . .
After awhile, all her hard work began to pay off. She finally began to discover just who she really was and what she wanted out of life. She also learned what she wanted to give back to life. Annie discovered what made her spirit soar, what things were good and pure, and what things were right for her. In other words, she found her essence. Believe it or not, an actual appreciation for those once-despised scars began to evolve because she knew she might not have grown otherwise. Pain and acceptance of her grave adversity had transformed her from a girl to a woman; an authentic woman at that.
With an exciting determination, she strove to take care of herself without depending on anyone else. At the same time, she learned to set boundaries with people who tried to take advantage of her. Annie was learning to say no, even though it was hard to carry through at times. It was no surprise that this came with great difficulty because she’d spent her life constantly trying to please people.
Annie’s own life as a survivor ran deep in her soul, and it stirred a passion within her to help others. Annie became a psychologist. She chose to specialize, limiting her practice to the care of adolescent children and young adults only. In her new career, she was able to help her patients understand their own problems and how to cope with them. She felt this to be a calling, and she was finally able to give back, after years of taking. Annie was transformed—she was now a strong and courageous woman. Those nearly-faded scars on her back were the only tale-telling marks of the past she had left, and now she’d elected to leave those behind too. There was a time when she pretended to make amends with her past, but now, she truly had made amends with her past. Annie liked the woman she had become. She finally believed she was deserving and worthy of a better life. And now she had it.
Stay tuned next Monday for the next installment.