Tuesday, December 7, 2021



She may have been shipwrecked but she was still the captain of her soul.
Words and stock photo collage by Victoria Lynn Hall*

I was reminded recently of how far I've come, mentally and emotionally, and it made me realize that I had been judging my mental health to some extent by my outer circumstances.  Before the pandemic I had made some significant strides in my healing but since then I've been feeling stalled and stranded.  But I've only been feeling that way because I was thinking that way.  Because I was thinking in terms of what I expected my life to look like when I was more healed and not in terms of what it actually feels like.

I think this latest collage I created (above) really captures how I feel about my healing journey now.  Yes, certain aspects of my life have stalled or stopped and the world around me often feels chaotic and messy.  But I also feel incredibly blessed by all the beauty and wonder that surrounds me and I am able to allow myself to feel the joy that comes from that while still facing the continuing challenges of life.  I am able to have moments of peace even when I am in conflict with other people.  I am able to have moments of laughter even when I am also grieving my losses.  And I am able to recognize that even when things aren't going well, I can still be well; that my mental health is not at the mercy of my day to day circumstances.

That is truly something to treasure.

If you share my collage, please credit me, Victoria Lynn Hall and link back to this post if possible.  You can also find and share it on the Facebook Page.

* Collage photo credits

Ship & scenery by Stephen Leonardi

Woman reading in chair by Nadia Sitova

Lighthouse by Stefan Cosma

Trunk by Andrej Antic

Whale Tail from a Photo by Phoebe Dill

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