Five years ago on this date I broke my 38 years of silence. Looking back it is hard to think it took me so many years to finally tell somebody the things that had been done to me by two older men when I was 12 years old. So many of the memories of that time in my life are still quite vivid today - others I keep blurry because they are the more painful memories of the things Paul did to me and the way he treated me.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:14-21 ESV
It is a powerful word and an extremely painful experience. It is one of the more agonizing forms of humiliation that can be done to a person as the perpetrator(s) take total control over you and dominate you into complete submission. The sexual component makes it all the harder to deal with afterward.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
One of the topics I have worked on the last 4+ years in therapy is forgiveness. In some ways it seems unfair to have to work on something towards another involving a traumatic event that shattered my life when I was 12 years old. It seems like a great imposition to have to consciously work on doing something to help fix so many problems I did not start, but were initiated by another. Many days it is easier to hate than to love, to hold a grudge rather than forgive. However, as I continue to work on forgiveness it helps me release much of the pain that has held me in bondage for so many years.
Monday, May 5, 2014
When I first started writing this blog, the one man I never forgot for 38 years was Mr. P. The one image I did the best at blocking from my memory and thoughts was his friend Paul, however, pairs of men often were seen in my memories dealing with Mr. P. I am still working on forgiving Paul for the things he did to me, the way he treated me, the threats he made against my life. It has been easier to forgive Mr. P. because I do have some more pleasant memories of our time together when I overlook the more traumatic things he ended up putting me through. He treated me a little better than Paul, however, he didn't protect me from Paul.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Still living with the memories of the past. Often I wish that I will forget and not be troubled and upset by the things that took place in Mr. P.'s house. While the memories don't have the same impact on my life today as they did almost five years ago, to say they no longer bother me or upset me would be a lie. One thing I have learned in the last five years is I can control better how I react when the most traumatic memories resurface and are replayed in full detail in my mind when triggered. It is easy at that time to slip into victim mode and become extremely angry and bitter, slipping out of survivor mode where I better process the emotions and anger. I still deal with many anger issues related to the more traumatic things that took place in Mr. P.'s house.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
It has been awhile since I last posted anything here. I still continue in my journey of recovery and healing many memories of the past and the things broken in my life from the things that took place in Mr. P.'s house.
I had a rather rude awakening last week while talking to a friend that not all is well in my head concerning Mr. P.'s house. I was telling him that I recently felt I was stuck, something I had shared with my counselor the night before. The feelings of being stuck come from recurring dreams and thoughts concerning Mr. P.'s house. As he was asking me some questions my mind drifted a little deeper into Mr. P.'s house taking me out of my safety zone. I had a momentary flashback dealing with the more frightening things Mr. P.'s friend Paul did with me. Those things that are more violent in nature that have nothing to do with love or concern for a young boy.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Towards the end of 2013 I was asked if I would consider transferring to a different location to help get the department I oversee put back in order at that particular location. I was given a few days to think it over and decided I would accept the challenge. Some of my colleagues at the location I would soon be leaving thought I was crazy to transfer to a location known for a higher crime rate and violence. A few others thought I was being pushed out, however, I wasn't. The choice was mine to make and I was told I didn't have to go if I didn't want to. I have found in the business world there are those times when change can be good and it is even easier when you don't have to ask, but are asked kindly.
Friday, January 3, 2014
Happy New Year!
It has been awhile since I have written anything here. Time never stands still and life moves forward.
It is hard to believe that it is now 2014. Back when I was a kid in the 20th century, dates like this were reserved for science fiction books and movies. I am now living in the future I once watched on TV or read about in books. While some things have come to pass that were written about in science fiction many other things have not.
Friday, October 11, 2013
It can be hard figuring out how to write what is perhaps the last post of a blog that I have been writing the last four years. It is not that I have run out of things to share about Mr. P. or his friend Paul. There are more details as to many of the things they did, however, those details really would add no new information. I know it doesn't take a brain surgeon or rocket scientist to figure out it was not a healthy environment I found myself in as a twelve year old boy.