Written by on November 22, 2006 in The Healing Journey with 2 Comments

You know, when you’re an incest victim or a survivor of anything, memories often have a negative connotation. Words like “flashback” and “triggering” usurp the meaning and purpose of what memories can mean, and take them to a place of pain and hurt.

But tonight, I am grateful for them. I have a right to them, you know. And as I think of the things that make me smile, I savor each one like a good sip of hot tea. And somewhere, from deep inside, I am warmed from the inside out.

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About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, uses spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. "For the Sake of Love” is her collection of songs written on Demian's healing journey, and “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” is a children’s book she wrote for her daughter about the interconnectedness of life published by Illumination Arts and endorsed by Jane Goodall. Currently, Demian is working on recording episodes for her podcast and writing on the "Where There's Smoke Series on Covert Abuse". .


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  1. starrybright says:

    Yes, I know. I have many,I have often cursed myself for not forgetting. I have thought I would be better off. But I know that the memories are a blessing. They are the fuel used to humble me towards God. and with God, is where I receive my strength to endure the memories.
    Today I have been dealing with this issue once again, needing to express this. Leave it to God to be so loving as to lead me to what I needed.

  2. Bless you, StarryBright, and welcome to my very special space. I know this is a public board, but it feels very intimate and private to me. You honor me with your presence here.

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