Traumas and adversities in childhood may leave scars that last into adulthood and put a person at risk for a variety of difficulties. This is true for all kinds of early traumas, including accidents, disasters, and witnessing violence directed at others, but it is especially true for child abuse and neglect, the victims of which have been studied extensively. Not all childhood trauma survivors ex perience difficulties in adulthood. However, for many people, it may be important to come to terms with past traumatic events. People who have been in treatment can gain relief from anxiety and depression and are able to stop focusing on the disturbing memories and feelings associated with traumatic childhood events.
I’ve meditated quite a bit on the turn of events in the last year — the impact not just political, but social, economic, psychological, spiritual on all of us. We know that some people, maybe some of you, are very happy and satisfied with the outcome. We know that other people, maybe some of you, are heartsick. Whatever your sentiments, you and I must both know that we are only in the first act of a long-running drama that we really didn’t see coming and yet we knew somehow it could, whose plot lines we often do not understand, whose final scenes are unknown and may remain so for years to come. Can we write a different ending that is not inevitable today?