I’m already planning my next move: onto Boulder and some surrounding towns to visit some benzo buddies, then headed to Monteagle Tennessee. A benzo buddy has graciously offered me and Shakespeare the use of her summer cabin. (Thank you!)

Anyone along that travel path who would like to say hello?

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I’m enjoying talking to people, and learning what they have to say about resilience. Over and over again the key factor that keeps popping up in interviews is hope. Seems it is a universal factor that we need in order to transform ourselves from the current adversity we face.

A personal lesson I am learning over and over on this trip is that I need/want to hone my skills in letting go. I drove to my old house here in Basalt, Co. this morning. I parked the van and snapped a picture. I was flooded by both good and sad/bad feelings, some very intense. I took Shakespeare out for a long walk to cope with my feelings. What I have concluded is I need to let go of that chapter in my life. It is over. (It’s been over for a long time, actually.) I have wonderful memories, but I need to move on emotionally. There will be other homes I will live in. There will one day be grandchildren to love and nurture. There will be meaningful work again, too. The coolest thing about the future is that I am sober and benzo free!ย 

I’m doing my best to attend a screening of a movie tonight in Aspen. It is a short film about a 92 year old war veteran who turned to fishing, nature, family and friends to be resilient in the face of his war wounds (PTSD). In his interview he suggested that people facing adversity face outwards, instead of inwards. Be of service to someone or something other than youserlf. I agree. My garden was a huge help to me as I coped with healing.

So there you have it for today: hope, letting go, and turning outwards… all a part of being resilient in the face of any challenging time.

Blessings to you all from the road,

Jennifer

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