I was reluctant to participate when I saw the Facebook posts Me Too. It felt like I would be saying I’m a victim, and that’s not how I see myself.
After I read a few stories people shared about triumph, I realized it was time for me to shout from the tree tops…ME TOO!
This conversation is not about abuse or oppression. It’s about how our abilities to Rise Above them defines our lives and develops our Superpowers.
Courage to Rise Above fear
The fear that the abuse would not stop, the fear that no one would believe me, the fear that I would not be loved didn’t hold me back.
I didn’t know it at the time, but Courage was the Superpower ignited within me the day I took a stand and said no more to my childhood abuser.
Confidence to Rise Above shame
For me there was an undeniable feeling of shame that these unspeakable acts of a very sick individual even happened to me. What if it was my fault?
I had to hear it out loud, many times from someone I trusted, to finally believe that it wasn’t my fault. The Confidence I eventually found in standing up changed my life and the lives of those around me for good.
Forgiveness to Rise Above anger
Well if it wasn’t my fault, why did it happen to me? Where were my protectors? How dare they abandon me to this injustice!
Rising above this cloud requires activating many Superpowers, the first is Forgiveness.
The intentional act of Forgiveness brings a healing light into my soul.
Serenity to Rise Above despair
The Serenity Prayer has been the go-to mantra throughout my life when I feel conflicted, need direction or simply need to find peace with my own actions. Even when our actions are for good, it doesn’t always feel that way.
“God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the Courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference.”
Thank you to everyone who posted Me Too. Action and Faith will help us all Rise Above.
Debbie Donaldson, Champion for Good
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