What’s wrong with me? Ever ask that of yourself?
Today, I did. It’s been a long time, I realized, since I have asked that and I did not miss it.
I thought I would try to listen to my former counselor’s video today while working on a project at work. One of the best counselors out there, and I am thankful to have had her in my life. Even after today, an emotional ride.
Even though I made it through the video, once it was over my throat was tight of anxiety, I felt sad and immediately went to the question that I have been able to ward off, which is ‘What is wrong with me?’ Sadness hit me hard with that and all the negative thoughts of unworthiness, unlovable, etc.
If I wasn’t in my office and having the auditor in the next room, I do believe I could have cried a river. Tears still leaked out my eyes but a big gush was in there, I was about to burst, an emotional breakdown.
So many sessions over the four years together, and we have discussed this matter so often, but I apparently still get triggered. Understanding my childhood of emotional neglect, shame, abandonment, etc., of which my blogs express at times, I will always be triggered. It’s how I handle it.
Perhaps just the fact of hearing her voice, as we are no longer counselor/client due to her health issues, my own grieving with this loss but I also felt hurt by her. I just don’t understand the whys that linger in my mind and my heart. I will probably never know the answers to the whys. How can this be? Why?
My heart hurts. Dealing with questioning myself once again, the shame tore at me. Something must be wrong with me for her to basically invalidate me and minimize my feelings and feel the rejection deeply. The one that taught me different and encouraged me all those years and knows better. I feel totally confused.
My whole being shut down holding my breath in the emotional turmoil, as I do and have done in life. Experiencing this once again, is almost debilitating. I’ve done so well. Today, not so much. Perhaps this is a lesson that I need to remember where I have come from and how I have grown through the years. I do remember it well, and I don’t like it.
Changing my mindset will come, maybe not today though and tomorrow is questionable. The rewiring of my brain, also taught by her, by reversing the thought pattern of knowing there is nothing wrong with me. I am pushing through. I have come a long way. I am blessed. I am lovable. I am worthy. A whole lot of ‘I Am’ statements will be said and will be in front of me to read. Most importantly, the Lord knows my heart, He knows my name and He knows exactly where I am. My focus is and has to be on Him.
It will all come together and the positive side will surface once again within me, but as I feel the pain and acknowledge the hurt, I have to hope that healing will come.
What’s wrong with me? I just have a big heart and I care. There is nothing wrong with that.
So if you have ever been in this place of hurt, let down, disappointed, even angered of a situation or relationship, you understand me. It’s all normal. Most importantly is that the Lord loves me, sees me and I have to trust Him. Same goes for you. Trust Him.
Shame informs you of an internal state of inadequacy, dishonor, or regret. As a self-conscious emotion, shame informs us of an internal state of inadequacy, unworthiness, dishonor, regret, or disconnection. Shame is a clear signal that our positive feelings have been interrupted.