Every once in a while, I hear someone say they are grateful for the terrible things that happened to them at the hands of an abuser, because those awful things made them stronger or made them who they are today. Honestly, I’m not sure that this is a good thing. It may sound empowering, but really… is it truly good to be grateful for suffering horrific abuse even when good came from it? I just don’t know. It sounds too close to toxic positivity for me, but I can’t say with 100% certainty I’m right about that. It may just be something that each person needs to decide for themselves if it is good for them or not.
What I do know though, is that whether or not you’re grateful for those terrible things, it’s a good idea to be grateful in general. It helps to appreciate your loving husband, great kids, a secure job & whatever else is going on in your life. A grateful attitude can help alleviate or at least lessen depression so naturally you should be grateful for the good things.
While it may be hard, I really think it’s good to appreciate the good that came from the bad things in your life too. It’s taken me quite some time, but I eventually became grateful for all that I learned as a result of the narcissists & their abuse in my life.
I can spot a narcissist easily now, rather than simply ignore my instincts that were saying I should run for the hills rather than deal with this person.
If somehow I end up forced to deal with a narcissist, now I know how to deal with them in ways that protect my mental health. There will be no more narcissists defining who I am.
Also if I end up forced to deal with one, I know ways to set boundaries now that prevent them from taking advantage of me.
My tolerance for abuse in any form is now gone. I have no problem calling out abusive behavior whether it’s done to me or to someone else. If it’s done to me, & someone reading this has been abusive to me, just know that you are going to be the subject of at least a blog post or two, YouTube video or maybe even a book at some point. Probably you already have been in one of these roles by now.
I love the fact that the awful experiences in my life had a purpose. Being able to write about such things & help others learn, grow & heal is incredibly rewarding. It helps me to cope. I can be less angry about the abuse knowing it all had a purpose.
Also, being through the horrors of abuse means I appreciate good people in my life more than the average person. Those who haven’t been abused tend to take good people for granted much easier than those who have. Appreciating good people just feels good, & that leads you to seek out other good people while rejecting toxic people. It also strengthens relationships with good people because you can’t help but to let them know they are appreciated.
The more grateful you are, the more grateful you become. Certainly that is a very good thing!
So what good things can you think of in your life that are a direct result of surviving abuse? I’m sure if you think about it, there are plenty of good things. Whether you are grateful for the horrors you’ve experienced or not, I really would like to encourage you to be grateful for the good that has come from it all. It can be very good for your mental health! xoxo