Cosmic punchline. Which came first the hurt or the healing? One of the more helpful realizations in trauma recovery was asking who hurt the person who hurt. If we trace human history all the way back to its beginning there is indeed, a punch-line. Sometimes our history looks a little like an eternal episode of Tom and Jerry. Change the channel! Shut it off. Read a book? Understanding that the people who hurt us or hurt others have also been hurt doesn’t make what they did ok. There will be consequences, most of which take place inside that person. I’ve found freedom from shame, anger and the desire to keep punishing myself for things I had no control or ability to stop, through understanding. Sometimes the only thing we have control over are our own thoughts. So, power is all in your head. Ha! The punch-line is us hurting ourselves or others. The joke ends when we come into awareness, curl up with compassion (preferably in a cave to get a break from the trampling herd) and give ourselves the time and space to consider alternatives. I am the egg…man. What would an easy yoke look like in our world, your world right now?