Trauma to Recovery: Happiness, Reslience and Recovery

Trauma to Recovery:

How can you move from trauma to recovery?

I was listening to NPR today while driving back home and heard a wonderful Ted talk about resilience, recovery, and lifetime baselines.

Happiness, resilience, and recovery are built into our genetic code. In utero, everyone of us are imprinted with an enormous capacity to survive. Over 3,000,000, 000.00 spermatozoa are released into the uterus. Only one makes it to the egg, traveling two inches upward toward the egg before implantation. The whole trip takes anywhere from two days to a week. Along the way they are met with viruses, bacteria, and other infectious materials that act as killing agents.

That’s what we are made of. We are constructed to travel from trauma to recovery.

When traumas strike, as they do for all of us, we all have the capacity to survive, thrive, and build successful lives.

So the question is, how are we coded to do this?

What is built into our genes that guides us from trauma to recovery?

The length of time that challenges take to resolve is two to three weeks. Of course, this varies in accordance with the intensity of each situation. Some traumas take more time to process. Sometimes it takes longer to make the trip from trauma to recovery.


Think about the trying times of your life. How did you cope? Have you turned to prayer? Do you build success by capitalizing on  your strengths, gifts, and talents  Have you received the support of family, friends, and your community?

These are all baseline support systems. When the proverbial trial hits the fan, we all need a baseline called our home ground. In baseball, when a home run is hit, the batter runs to home base. Members of the opposite team will do everything possible to block his success. But with determination, strength, and the support of his team, he will score a home run.

So what are healthy baselines? How can we score home runs and go from trauma to recovery? How can we work to support the team? How can we achieve trauma to recovery in our lives?

In my opinion, there are three healthy baselines that are on the top of the list.

* Faith

* Living in our strengths

* Community support

Faith: In my life the words of the Bible have provided empowerment, solace, and direction. Memorizing scripture can have a huge impact.

Living in our Strengths: Dr. Martin Seligman, who implemented the Positive Psychology department  at Princeton University has a marvelous site on the internet that includes a strength finders test. This has had an enormous impact on individuals, families, and communities. Just living in sync with our talents provides a firm baseline for survival and success.

Community Support: Joining networking groups, belonging to church, and connecting with friends all serve to gird us with the support needed to go from trauma to recovery, to build success, and to thrive.

The power of our baselines is in direct relation to the level they provide. There are unhealthy systems of belief. Drugs and alcohol are, in my opinion, the lowest of the low when it comes to baselines. They both create more problems. I know this. I resorted to sugar addiction, which precipitated mental illness in my life.

I believe it’s important to develop high level baselines if we want to move from trauma to recovery. Consider adopting faith, strength building, and community as points of return.

Do this and you will move from trauma to recovery.

From Barbara Altman, author, presenter, and motivational speaker. For speaking engagements, feel free to contact me at or at 314-962-5324.

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