You can rise from failures, screw-ups, and falls. But you can never go back. You may not have signed up for a hero’s journey. But hurt happens. It happens to all of us. The second you fell down, get your butt kicked, suffered a disappointment, screwed up, or felt your heartbreak. It started. The only decision you get to make is what role you’ll play. Do you want to write the story or do you want to hand that power to someone else?

Why we avoid healing?

We avoid healing so much in our society because most cultures in our world are built around doing. And healing often doesn’t look like doing. It looks like being present; through the pain and the breakthroughs, through the growth of oneself, past our blocks and all belief systems, around how we thought we should be, how we thought the world should be, how we thought other people should be, how we thought they should have treated us, or the love that we thought we should have received. Everybody’s healing is going to be unique. One person’s way of healing is not another person’s way. You can’t always use another’s method. You will have to develop your way.

In what way does the community help you navigate your life narrative?

We use personal stories. In these nine years, personal stories shared within the community are 45,778 and counting. Giving the courage to speak up to the horror-stricken. Extending options to survivors. Benefiting the outcast. Shelter to the hushed, ignored, and oppressed. Packaged as magazines, podcasts, and essays.

An example of how personal stories help

I loved the article on depression. My ex-husband now deceased suffered from chronic depression for most of our 18-year marriage. He was under a doctor’s care but I never knew what the symptoms were. He was always sleeping, always. It became frustrating because we could never go anywhere or do anything. He would come out of it and bathe and groom himself but as I think about it now it was hard for him. My daughter, who is not a very loving or patient person said, “Charles always looks like he just got out of bed no matter when I see him.” I did not know at the time that this was a symptom of his depression and mental health. I was not very patient of loving either I guess and agreed with her.
— Jo Ann Harris

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