I recently watched the film ‘Lion’, a dramatization of the real-life experiences of Saroo Brierley, and it broke my heart in more ways than I could have anticipated. A tragic story of a boy who becomes an orphan, it is also the story of how childhood trauma works its way into what can feel like a well-adjusted adulthood.
I recently read through ‘Drop the Rock’, a book focused on removing character defects using steps six and seven of the 12-step program. Though I have not personally gone through the 12-steps, we all have character defects worth looking at, and I was interested in the perspective offered.
My wife Kristine just completed Whole30, a monthlong diet/cleanse of sorts which is intended to help you recognize what foods you have a hard time digesting. Those on Whole30 drastically scale back what they can eat (essentially just to meats, vegetables, and fruits), slowly introducing other food groups back into their lives to see what their bodies disagree with. In explaining the program, the creators of Whole30 likened it to living near a tree which you have an allergic reaction to. If you lived in the area for years, you might totally forget that the allergy exists, dealing with minor (but real) problems day in and day out. Yet if you took an extended vacation away and came back to your home, you just might realize how much that tree is making you sick.