Monday, June 11, 2018

Forest Chandelier


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.

Psalm 50:10
"For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills."

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Helpful information. Thankls for another fantastic post.
I bookmarked it..

Anonymous said...

Hi there, You have done a fantastic job. I'll certainly digg it and
personally recommend to my friends. I'm sure they'll be benefited from
this web site.

Anonymous said...

Regarder des séries à s' en assécher les pupilles.

Anonymous said...

This info is worth everyone's attention. Where can I find out
more?

Anonymous said...

May I simply say what a relief to uncover somebody who truly understands what they're discussing over the internet.
You actually know how to bring an issue to light and make it
important. A lot more people have to look at this
and understand this side of the story. I was surprised that you
aren't more popular because you certainly have the gift.

Anonymous said...

Obrigado . Incrível coisas .

Anonymous said...

Woah! I'm really enjoying the template/theme of this website.
It's simple, yet effective. A lot of times it's difficult to get that "perfect balance" between superb usability and appearance.
I must say you have done a fantastic job with this.
In addition, the blog loads extremely quick for me on Chrome.
Exceptional Blog!

Anonymous said...

Hi to every one, as I am in fact eager of reading this webpage's
post to be updated regularly. It includes fastidious stuff.

Anonymous said...

What's up, I read your blogs regularly. Your humoristic style is
witty, keep doing what you're doing!