I help out in the school library/tech center. I am help supervise students that are using the computers during one class time. When all is going well, I get bored. Since there are shelves and shelves of library books, I do the most logical thing and see what’s on the shelf. Surprised me when I came across the SEAL Survival Guide by Cade Courtley. http://www.sealsurvival.com/category/blog/ Of course I took it home. It was on my list to read and there it was begging to come home with me. Then I didn’t open it. Ever done that? Found something that you know will change you so you keep it shut? The introduction was simply a brief personal history of Cade that shows he’s been there and committed to becoming a SEAL. One of the quotes that struck me, “If we want a mission done right…we SEAL it.” Am I the kind of person that gets a mission done? I have plenty to think about on this one. Too often with PTSD, I duck my head down and try to make it through the day. I often feel like I am treading water trying not to drown. The SEAL survival book recommends using that energy to strike out and swim.
First chapter is expand your comfort zone. Whoa….I was raised in a war zone, I am looking for my comfort zone. I am realizing in that desperate search for my safe place, I’m hiding from living. Ooo boy I’m on page 4 and Cade confirmed what my first counselor was trying to get me to do. Treat life with a “Bring it on” attitude. Get out of my comfort zone. I already know that out of my comfort zone is a very scary place. Two pages later….attack your fears. This will not be a comfortable read. However, I’m no longer looking for comfort, I want to live. I will change my choices. I will expand my comfort zone. Cade suggests changing one routine at time. Stretch what I believe I can do.