Say no to a plastic life

The gift of having survived a tragedy is a more authentic life.

We see the fakes. We no longer pass judgment. We no longer settle. We are more willing to make changes. We lecture less. We listen more.

Things that mattered so much before don’t matter at all. Success isn’t defined as pots of gold and luxury cars but as trips with family and get-togethers with friends.

To achieve your more authentic self, be more willing to apologize and forgive. Don’t hold yourself hostage for choices that were not within your control. Understand that humility is your friend. Don’t let grudges linger. Be the first to offer the olive branch.

What’s real in your life are the humans with whom you share it. Make every day count.

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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked TEDx speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my youngest son, Charles to substance use disorder and suicide 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, 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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