It was cold and snowy the first time I asked a stranger for money. But I didn’t feel it. The sweat from my scared twelve-year-old body soaked the inside my parka. My life depended on that guy giving me twenty bucks––twenty bucks I needed to buy food for my family.
My fight or flight response kicked in that day and didn’t shut off until a few years ago. So for decades, I tried to flee the trauma of my past and fight the unknown threats of the future.
The thing that might’ve almost happened to me is that I could have lived my entire life never living in the present moment, in the here and now. I might’ve almost lost myself to the trauma, never experiencing the abundant beauty all around me.
In this week’s post, I’m sharing a story with you I haven’t shared with many. And, I’m telling you the first steps I took to shift out of fight or flight. Because the one thing I know for sure is that we all shift into fight or flight at some point but with enough self-love and awareness we don’t have to stay there.
With grace, resilience, and love,