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Oftentimes in life we become so overwhelmed with adult responsibilities, that we neglect to work through the traumas of our past. I know for me, there were things I hadn’t fully healed from that didn’t hit me emotionally until years later when I took a break from the world to spend time with family. It was in that time of solitude I did the most healing. I was finally able to think on things, without the distraction of work.

Traumas can include death in our families, split ups and various things from our youth.  In an attempt to deal with trauma in adulthood, we bury ourselves in work. Work-life balance becomes a thing of the past as we push to make more money and provide for ourselves and our families.

The push to provide has left many adults with money in their pockets, but an emptiness in their hearts. Their compass stopped facing north because prestige and money took over their lives instead of healing and soul searching.

I think about healing during Memorial Day. To all the families that have lost loved ones in the line of duty, please remember to take care of yourselves and make time to heal.

Nicki Faircloth originates from Scotland/Robeson Counties, and received her undergrad degree in International and Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has taught the English language abroad in Amman, Jordan, and in recent years has worked alongside her people to protect their ancestral lands, as well as pushing unification amongst all people. In her spare time she enjoys videography, studying spiritual teachings, and connecting with the spiritual realm. Ericka lives in Raleigh with her husband, Fares, and their dog Charro.

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