Visibility

Today, an acknowledgement of you sister and brother survivors! In the 1980’s when I started to search for any publication that reflected my experiences as a survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse, I ran into the brick wall of the unintended consequences of statistics. Since the greatest reporting of CSA at that time was male perpetratedContinue reading “Visibility”

Play

Today encouragement to play! As a child I was naturally trusting and curious. My imagination turned a path on our back hill into a major hiking trail. A backpack, pocket knife and canteen transformed me into an explorer. Adverse Childhood Experiences compromised my playfulness. The free spirit of play was replaced with a different existence;Continue reading “Play”

Peace

Today a reflection on inner peace. Many survivors of Adverse Childhood Experiences carry critical voices in their minds that hound them causing distress and distraction. Mindfulness practices help quiet the inner din of negative, fear-based dialogue. Peace in mind creates space to notice beauty and connect with curiosity. Mindfulness starts with noticing your breath. TheContinue reading “Peace”

Hope

Today recognition of the miraculous power of hope. Surviving Adverse Childhood Experiences is an accomplishment. It requires a belief that, despite all evidence to the contrary, you are worthy; that somewhere beyond the abuse, you may experience joy and safe, healthy relationships. Survival requires perseverance through the paralyzing shame onward toward the faintest glimmer ofContinue reading “Hope”

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.”