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The Story You Need to Tell: Writing to Heal from Trauma, Illness, or Loss

Sandra Marinella

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Journal writing gives us insights into who we are, who we were, and who we can become.”

“Writing is a beautiful way to let out pain. When you put your story out there, you release it. Once it is no longer buried or stuck within you, you are free to move forward.”

“When things happen that are unexpected, unwelcome, challenging, disorienting, or traumatic, we survive, but the storyline we were following is shattered. Untold stories don’t go away; they morph into volatile emotions, into flashbacks and anxiety, into behaviors we don’t understand in ourselves, things we wish we didn’t do — lash out, hide, avoid, get depressed, become lethargic, unable to go on. Untold stories cause ruptures in relationships, ill health, and spiritual or religious crisis, and contribute to a growing sense that our lives are disintegrating into chaos. People full of untold stories — people like you and me — are the ones whom author

“When I look back on my personal story through my journals, it struck me my words had an unmatched power to heal me. To change me.”

“In facing our shattered life stories, we must reach deep inside our pain -- for it is here that we can break our silence and find our new voice.”

“Your personal writing can heal, grow, and transform your life. Give your words permission to change you.”

“Words make it possible for our thoughts to travel through time and survive us.”

“Words allow us to unravel the knot inside and to make sense of our loss, not bury it within. For in our sadness and pain, we can be remade. We can learn how to understand our trauma and give it a container -- a story -- to hold it.”

“We can reframe and recast our lives -- not with lies, not with deceptions, but with the truth of who we are and of who we are choosing to become.”

“There are thorny, unfinished chapters being written in our lives all the time. Writing can help us find our way through these challenges.”

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