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telling your story
Your story could become someone else’s inspiration

You are living in history during this pandemic. Some of you have lost income and are afraid you will lose your home or your business. Some are vulnerable to this virus or have lost someone to it. Others of you might feel guilty for still having a job and food on the table which would be defined as survivor guilt.

And some of you are watching someone you love backslide and the feeling of helplessness is triggering your own emotional tsunami.

You feel overwhelmed, confused, scared, unsure of your future. You hate limbo and want to know how this disaster resolves.

The truth is, it will.

Whatever you are dealing with, you do have what it takes to persevere and manage where you are right now. You aren’t the type to roll over and give up. When things get rough, you get more creative and see opportunities in the midst of crisis.

I remember all my dad’s stories about World War II. The gas rations and how nylons, coffee, and chocolate became rare luxuries. He told me how all the factories changed over to produce what was needed for wartime. And then there were the stories of the sirens and the drills of kids diving under their desks for bomb raids.

Everyone was in it together. And it changed that whole generation–how they thought, lived, about their country and their loved ones. It was a defining moment that brought the whole country together.

There is that kind of solidarity now. You have it here with us.

Please keep a journal, make a time capsule, take videos, pictures and remember it. Write about it from your point of view.

It will be important.

Because one day you will be telling your story of how you overcame, survived, or managed, and it will become someone else’s inspiration.

Published by

Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Professional Speaker Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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