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In Chaos Beauty Is Born


Photo taken by contributor Lori Goodwin, a woman who has suffered most of her life with complex post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, and depression. Three of Lori’s four children also struggle with mental health challenges, including anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and bipolar disorder. Lori is a long-time single mother who’s had very little in the way of resources except courage and resilience. Photography has become a therapeutic outlet, providing a valuable tool for coping and anchoring in the present moment.

About this photo: “Much of the time my life seems messy and chaotic, and it’s easy to beat myself up or tear myself down for the apparent disorder. But really, it’s in the chaos that beauty is born. I remind myself that no matter how things look on the outside or feel on the inside, I am an unfolding work of great beauty. One step at a time, often walking in the dark, I keep feeling my way toward healing and love. Right here, right now, at this moment, I’m ok. I breathe deeply and will myself to keep going – in the face of crushing depression alternating with, and often co-existing with, terrifying anxiety.”


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3 comments on “In Chaos Beauty Is Born

  1. Olga
    December 29, 2015

    I celebrate your courage to continue to find beauty in life, no matter what. Beautiful photo in its simplicity. Happy New Year, Lori.


  2. patricemfoster
    December 29, 2015

    This is so true in the rubbish is where you can find such wonderful items. Your life as evole what a beautiful thing …You are not alone in this battle my friend!


  3. Kevin Gardner
    December 29, 2015

    Beautiful photo. I too use photography as therapy whenever I get too stressed out about things in life.


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