When they come near, you freeze up. You are drained, immobilized. Your very life, your soul is consumed. Every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. But that is not their worst. Dementors will find your worst memories and turn these into torture, using them against you. “For Dementors, your pain becomes their … More Harry Potter: Defeating Your Dementor
You can’t get too far in this life without a few scars. Fingers, knees, elbows carry the leftover memories of childhood decisions… and for some of us our faces bear the scars of adolescence. For Harry Potter, his scar is difficult to hide. Every time he looked in the mirror, his scar was a constant … More Harry Potter: The Scar That Burns all The Way to the Light
Does the mental health system have it wrong? Mental health experiences, like depression and anxiety, are common for most people. In reality, it is rare if a person has not experienced some depression and anxiety. Feeling sad is normal. And so is feeling anxious. Is it healthy to feel sad or to feel anxious? “By … More When is Unhappiness a Good Thing?
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“You are like a candle. Imagine you are sending light out all around you. All your words, thoughts and actions are going in many directions. If you say something kind, your kind words go in many directions, and you yourself go with them. We are transforming and continuing in a different form at every moment.” … More Your Actions Today Are an Investment for Tomorrow
“We are children of the scar.” Switchoot Recovery is a scar. It is from our scars. And it is about how we try to cover, deny and fight our scars. And it is hard… recovery creates it’s own type of scars. Seeing inside can transfix. But it can be the fix that we need to … More We are Children of the Scar
Today is International Biographers Day. In recognition of biographers and sharing our stories, I have a story to tell. “Where do you get your ideas from?” Sometimes I get asked where my ideas come from. My best answer is that life is a writing prompt. Creativity is like reading in the darkness. Imagine that you … More How Your Writing Wants to Change You