Monday, June 11, 2018
There was an article in the newspaper about a man named Gregory Smith who ran away into the forest for 10 years. He had endured a troubled upbringing which lead to addictions and trouble in society. After 10 years in the forest, he was near death, so walked out....then one day on a park bench with his bourbon, wine and dope and no one to talk to, feeling like he just wanted to die, he had an epiphany.
He had a vision where he stood alone on a battlefield holding a heavy sword, waiting for an attacker. Then he realised the battlefield was the wreckage of his life, and the only enemy was himself.
He got up, left his liquor and drugs on the bench and walked away.
That was the turning point to his recovery. In a series of small steps and with help from others, he gradually gave himself the education he'd missed and progressed to a PhD and an honours thesis where he studied, interviewed and wrote about people like himself- the generation of Australians who had endured trauma in violent homes and institutions..."Forgotten Australians".
Opportunity arose for Gregory to write a book and new friendships were formed and connections were reforged with his family and now he finds it possible in retrospective to love his parents, because he understands what made them the way they were.
He has written a book called "Out Of The Forest".
This information was obtained from an article in The Age newspaper page18-19 Spectrum, Saturday June 9 2018.
"For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills."