“There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.” – Buddha
I have embraced the circle as my symbol for the present.
This might sound peculiar but it makes perfect sense that the universe would draw me to this symbol.
In 2005 I moved to my current city because of a woman.
I wasn’t so much, running toward her as I was, running away from the straight world and all that it encompassed for me.
10 days later, I answered the phone and a female voice answered. It was another woman and I knew then, I had made a mistake.
For reasons I can’t fathom, recognising she had a drinking problem, was irresponsible and couldn’t hold down a job, I stayed with her for 2 years.
It was, as some counsellors call it, domestic terrorism; I was awoken at all hours, called all names, threatened, screamed at, ridiculed and used – for my extra income and stability.
In the end, it came to blows, on her end, not mine. As the taller and stronger one, I allowed her to lash out at me physically. I did only what I needed to do in order to protect myself.
“I’ll call the cops and tell them you beat me,” she snarled, a sharp whiff of beer on her breath, her legs unsteady.
I did what I could to wrestle the only phone in the house away from her and dialled 911 while she fought to pry the baseball bat she was threatening me with, from underneath my legs.
“My ex-girlfriend is trying to kill me,” I panted into the phone.
The next day, I walked into the office at a health clinic in my city and asked for help.
“You need to help me so that what happened never happens to me again,”
“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” -Kenji Miyazawa
That journey got me to meet a lot of wonderful people. I stumbled and fell and did stupid things for a while, but I figured it out.
I spent some time alone and during that time, I met my wonderful wife.
She has supported my career change from media to psychology and now I’m returning the knowledge and the experience back to the community.
Full circle for me means coming back to the community, offering others who’ve experienced the violation of self by someone intimate the support they need to reclaim their lost selves.
It’s seven years now since I first stepped in to that situation and I am older, stronger and smarter.
Not to mention, I am far more certain of what I will tolerate before I cut you loose as a friend or lover.
I have lots to do before I finish my group proposal on how I will help women who’ve been hurt by other women, but I plan to do the best I can for as many people who graciously accept my help.
Sharing my knowledge and giving compassion is what I must do with my life now.
“On life’s journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.” – Buddha