You are encouraged to follow the advice of your therapist in regard to the absences which you should take from your employment in order to facilitate your healing from the trauma you experienced in the past. The time taken away from work beneficial to society would doubtless be more than compensated for by the increase in effectiveness with which you will be able to perform such functions when your healing is more advanced. (From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to me, 22 December, 1992)
I’ve come to realize that I’ve been driven by work and activity addiction for most of my life, in order to run away from my past. This has resulted in several major “burn-outs” and recently in total adrenal exhaustion. In 1992, when I could see it coming, I wrote to the House of Justice, reluctant to take time off work directly related to the social and economic development of our area. I knew I needed to take time off but I was putting my job, and service to the Faith first, before my own health. The above quote is from the letter they sent.
I find their reassurance very comforting: that there will be positive benefits to stepping away from work and service for a period of time. If I hadn’t taken time off in 1992, I never would have started this blog ten years ago. If I hadn’t burned out 2 years ago, I never would have had the insights and recovery I’ve enjoyed since.
Much though I’d love to know where the story of my life ends, I realize I’m just in the middle. God knows the ending. My job is to let it unfold, one day at a time, letting my movement and my stillness be wholly directed by Him.
Taking time off to heal from the trauma of the past is beneficial, and I am grateful!
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