Kindness

Today encouragement to treat yourself and others with kindness. Recently, our dog, Finn, was attacked by another dog, which resulted in multiple puncture wounds to his face. Physically, he is fine. The wounds have healed. The stitches are out. Yet, we noticed in days immediately following the event, that our naturally exuberant doodle displayed reticenceContinue reading “Kindness”

Stretch

Today a distinction between striving and stretching. In my 20s to overcome discomfort with heights, I learned to rock climb. The activity is rife with metaphors for growth, challenge, strength, flexibility and courage. I learned about perceived limits and moving beyond them. As I continue my healing journey from childhood sexual abuse the distinction betweenContinue reading “Stretch”

Choice

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. Viktor Frankl, psychiatrist, philosopher, author, and Holocaust survivor.  Today acknowledgment of the magnificent power of choice. By definition an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) is not a choice. ChildrenContinue reading “Choice”

Courage

Many extraordinary and noteworthy people have quotable sayings about courage. For me, courage is taking another breath, another step, showing up another day. As a child experiencing the trauma of sexual abuse, courage was getting dressed for school, studying for a spellling test and at a cellular level blind faith that life could be better.Continue reading “Courage”

Hi, I’m Beth, and I am a Survivor.

I’ve decided to move my voice out into the universe in hopes another survivor or friend of a survivor will find this daily dose of encouragement and share it so each of us can continue to heal, recover ourselves and discover magnificence that may be hidden by shame, fear, isolation or self-blame. Statistics indicate thatContinue reading “Hi, I’m Beth, and I am a Survivor.”

Be Brave, Break the Silence

It’s a moment of choice. A moment when doing nothing is no longer tolerable. An awareness that keeping the secret of sexual abuse becomes too costly and more dangerous than breaking the silence. We each have our moment when we might make this choice. It’s a powerful, liberating and personal choice that can change theContinue reading “Be Brave, Break the Silence”