Memories can bring up many things for us. Sadness, regret, longing and at times, gloom. But memories can also be a way to strengthen ourselves. They can be like an inner armor.
Thinking about memories and situations of loss or longing, we can sometimes feel deep and difficult emotions. But these memories also remind us of one thing: they are like a cloud of witnesses that surround us. Whatever we are facing. Challenges and fear. Anxiety and difficult decisions. Falling back when we attempt to move forward in our recovery from substance use, depression, anxiety or other difficult mental health experiences.
Memories are a cloud of witnesses who stand with us. They can be like armor.
In the X-Men world, there is a character whose name is Armor. Her superpower arises when she remembers a powerful memory of someone she cares about. In many ways, our daily life builds upon the memories and emotions of our past, along with values that give us a sense of direction for today and onward.
Memories are not always kind, but they are not only negative or painful. Because even in our longing or regret, there is a gift: we have a desire for more connection, hope or life today.
“Armour’s story highlights the strong connection between good memories and family. If you’re having a bad day, then you could remember a specific situation involving a relative. Not only could it help you cheer up, but the memory might encourage you to reach out to that family member.”
Memories can also remind us to do something physical to remember, to honor, or to keep positive aspects of our past with us. This way we continue to move forward.
You may not be into comics but I hope this brief post reminds you. Of the good. Of people and experiences in your life that stand with you.
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