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Discussion in 'Support Subforum' started by Laughalot, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. Laughalot

    Laughalot Peer Supporter

    So, I keep jumping on and off the TMS Forum and the Structured Education Program: why is this happening?

    TMS matters because of these destructive pain symptoms can take us out of living a fulfilled life, and I committed to moderating the chat room once a month to support people's recovery. I also started the Structured Education Program in November to educate myself around the science of TMS. Now it's the end of January, I still haven't finished SEP and few of you ever see me on the forum. I say that I want to contribute to this group and support people, but my actions show that's not true. I really signed up for this because I want a job, and supporting the TMS movement looked like a way to get paid. The struggles of the TMS community haven't been important to me and I haven't taken the time to get connected with anyone here.

    As a result, my SEP is unfinished, I don't know many of you on the forum, and the people who I have shared with may have come to see me as flakey, aloof, unsupportive, maybe even untrustworthy. I'm frustrated by not finishing SEP and it becomes a further source of TMS symptoms (as I make myself wrong and miserable).

    There's no respect and compassion for all of your experiences! I come on here complaining about my problems, but don't contribute positively to anyone else. I'm committed to being a contributing member of this community, and fulfilling on the SEP by the end of Wednesday, February 10th.

    Thanks to all of you for being steadfast members of this community! TMSWiki works because of the ongoing contribution of time and love (and sometimes money) that all of you give.
  2. mike2014

    mike2014 Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi Laughalot,

    We may have not had the opportunity to speak very much but I appreciate all of the contributions you have made to the Forum thus far. I'm sure others think highly of you too.

    Nobody here sees you as flaky, aloof etc, you are a valued member of the community and we are all glad you are on board.

    I understand that you are juggling your energy between supporting and healing, but try and strike a healthy balance between the two. I know it's not easy, but the importance of self care and attending to ones own needs are very important. If one cannot show love, support and compassion to oneself, it makes it that much harder to support others.

    I understand and I know we can be self critical of ourselves or judgemental, but these thoughts are just momentary and will pass. Just take a step back and work the program in a way that makes you feel at ease and with comfort.

    You've got this and we are all by you my friend.
    Last edited: Jan 28, 2016
  3. Anne Walker

    Anne Walker Beloved Grand Eagle

    Hi Laughalot! You are being incredibly hard on yourself. Have you looked at Alan Gordon's recovery program on this site? It is short and sweet and has everything you need. Pay particular attention to his section on the internal bully. Mine was a monster and I finally have her somewhat under control. She lurks and occasionally strikes but I am definitely on the look out now. You come when you want and do whatever you want. We are too busy judging ourselves to pay attention. Haha
  4. Gigi

    Gigi Well known member

    I'm a believer in everything happening in its own time. There's no set time frame for the SEP--perhaps for that very reason. So cut yourself some slack, Laughalot!
    And BTW, TMSers are a very nonjudgmental group, so don't worry about perceptions here! Sometimes life intervenes and we cannot devote the time to the program that we'd like. So be it.
    Be gentle with yourself!
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  5. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    Heya, Laughalot, I'm sorry to hear you're feeling like that. I'd agree with the advice from the other people in this thread. However you want to participate (or not participate) in the community is just fine with us. You're more than worthy of your own self-compassion and it sounds like you may be holding yourself to a pretty high standard.

    Others may not know that you approached me for advice about getting more connected to the TMS movement. Both I and the people I referred you to have been around long enough to know that whether you said it or not, people your age have to scramble to find jobs and that that could be part of your motivation. That's totally fine and I don't hold anyone to anything. You're an articulate, creative and smart guy, so I'm just happy that we've gotten to the point where accomplished people like yourself are interested in working with some of the leaders in the field.

    If you find that the SEP is helpful to you and adds to your life, then I hope you complete it. If not, I hope you stop doing it today! It's designed with different units, so hopefully it will remain fresh as you go through the days. Likewise, for the chat program or the fourm, if you find that it adds meaning to your life to help others, I think that's great. We are so incredibly blessed to have a number of people like Ann and Gigi who keep coming back and sharing their experiences as peers. That is such a wonderful thing, but it isn't for everyone, so we "general discussion" folks have great appreciation for the wonderful people who find it adds meaning to their life to do the nitty gritty work of helping people in the support subforums. I know I do. (You know who you are! Thank you.) But some of us just aren't cut out for it. We all need to use self-compassion and emotional awareness to figure out how we fit in.

    In the end, welcome back to the site, and I hope you find it helpful!
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  6. Laughalot

    Laughalot Peer Supporter

    Thanks you everyone for the replies! It means a lot to have a non-judgmental and supportive community. you are all so kind and supportive, it's a matter of taking all that and applying it within myself and my life.

    it's crazy how EXTREME my mind can get. i've enjoyed doing the SEP journaling work, and i honestly enjoy the chatroom moderation a lot. and i've enjoyed getting to know fellow TMSers. so it's not even true that i'm only doing it for a job.

    When my goodism personality sees an area of life that i'm out of integrity in, i grab hold of it and make myself wrong wrong wrong. really, everything's great! i have a great life, full of family, friends, and an amazing online community.

    Thank you all for being on this forum, and making a difference in people's lives!
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  7. mike2014

    mike2014 Beloved Grand Eagle

    It's amazing how much impact time and space can have on our negative emotions. I'm glad you've taken a step back, reflected and looked at the positive and have seen the inner chatter for what it is. Nobody is perfect and we all have our off days, i'm glad you pulled through. Keep up the great work and I must attend a session that you host.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2016
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