On Becoming Empowered

(The following letter explains, more eloquently than I ever could, why I do what I do! Thank you, Cathy!)

Lisa,

On January 19, 2013, you read a post I had made on Cheryl Richardson’s FB page and felt a connection. Rather than ignore it, you reached out to me, you made a connection. You said that my words resonated with you and in that instant, by that simple action, I felt empowered and my story validated. At that particular moment in my life, having my thoughts and feelings validated was water in an Oasis…a life jacket in a turbulent sea.

Your invitation to participate in “Sharing” turned my tide. It gave me something to concentrate on, something positive in a negative world. It gave me hope.

I had no confidence in myself, but you did. You allowed me a forum to live a lifelong dream. You nurtured me to take the first step, to become a more authentic and better me. Most importantly, you allowed me to be able to live the dream at my ability, there were no demands, no rules, no criticisms, no judgment. Just give me your best work, and be your most authentic self, just be you…that’s enough.

In a world where everyone has an angle, a scheme, an agenda, you did not. You reached out, to another soul, who was hurting. You extended a hand, and in one simple act…threw out a life line to a drowning soul. The book….that was just gravy....something additional to an already human experience.

Why is this so important to me?

Because, a stranger reached out to me, helped me look at myself, and reflect it back to the world. It wasn’t the easiest thing I have ever done, but it was by far one of the best things I have ever done. It made me stop and take inventory of what I wanted, and what I didn’t. It gave me strength and confidence in myself.

How do I see it?...this work you do?

Your work is important, but it isn’t work as much as it is a calling. It’s a calling to bring together the power, the strength and the healing of others, so that they can be all that they can be. You yourself struggle deeply with your own demons and issues, but gain strength by and through the helping of others, and in that struggle you find yourself and your purpose. That’s pretty darn inspiring and damn powerful.

You do good things. Those things change the world.

Yours are not the actions of loud tumbling waves, that crash and recede with each surge. They are the quiet actions of a single stone thrown into a pond, that creates a soft ripple effect. Each ring travels outward, reaching further and further forever taking with it the energy of the stone.

Thank you friend, I mean that.

Cathy