Originally Cont’d from don’t squander away your life 12-5-09
How can I deal with PTSD and prevent “squandering away” my life?
Rather than explode, yell, and/or lash out like a kid swinging blindly not caring who you hurt, I can simply do nothing. Nothing except throw my arms up . . . . figuratively or even literally . . . . in a gesture of “surrendering” to the intensely stressful moment, and simply do just that “let go.” These consequences usually provide me with a far better outcome.
What’s all this have to do with squandering away your life, you might ask?
The Buddhist chant that pierced into my psyche forced me to look at where I am going:
A W A K E N
“Awaken,” it called to me.” Take heed,” the words continued as I felt their power somehow interrupt my life and send me a message from a place above.
The message was: Thou Shalt Not Squander Away Your Life.
Not to use PTSD, or some other excuse to stop me from realizing the true purpose of life . . . .
to . . . . serve . . . . humanity . . . . somehow . . . . someway . . . . with love . . . . with compassion . . . . and with forgiveness.
Otherwise, this veteran will have squandered away his life just as another Greek did a couple of thousand years ago when Achilles failed to spare the Life of Hector. You remember the story of Achilles and the King of Troy‘s number one son, Hector. Achilles could have appeased the gods who took away his life. He was the greatest warrior of that ancient age; he was the “Iliad‘s” favorite hero. And after 10 years of war with Troy, he must have suffered from PTSD. I believe that he could have averted his fate by simply focusing on his breath, rather than focusing on his rage, thus squandering away his life.
A different life was but a breath away. A new life for all of us is but a breath away.