February 10th, 2014
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Sharing my stories, and those of others, can entertain, offer strength and inspiration and sometimes minimize the isolation that is felt in relationships or personal crisis.  I share to bond, to reach out, to reveal that I am vulnerable just like you.
No one knows when someone else’s story will unexpectedly touch a life and help another person gain a new perspective on grief, a subject people they know about but in fact they don’t.  Someone else’s words can bring new understanding to the issues of life and death,  of physical and emotional survival and help you see things differently.
My son’s girlfriend works at The James House in Richmond, Virginia and through her and this YouTube video below that a friend recently posted on Facebook, I am becoming knowledgeable about the amazing work they do in their counseling, bringing hope to the lives of people who are emotionally, physically and sexually abused and/or stalked.
The steady and important work of The James House, a non-profit organization (their services are free and confidential), which this year is celebrating its 25th anniversary, is to heal and to empower and to offer an independent and safe future.
In this video you will meet a thoughtful and articulate woman named Samina Abdullah who is a community organizer at The James House.  Samina is a down-to-earth kind of person who is wise beyond her years and acts as an agent of change for her part of the world.  Or as she describes it, “I don’t feel responsible for the whole world.  I feel responsible for my own little bubble.”  Don’t you love that idea?
Her thoughts makes me realize that I can be overwhelmed by what is happening in the world at large when all I really need to do is to focus on my little part of the globe.  We can start in your own communities, find our passions, whatever they are and follow them.  Do what you can do and do it the best way that you can.
When in doubt, just take the next small step:

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