Embrace mistakes and let them become your friends. Nothing else will provide as much opportunity to learn and grow.
“I was sexually abused between the ages of eight and twelve. But honestly, I don’t even like to talk about it anymore, because I’ve finally gotten to the point where it no longer defines me. For a long time I saw myself as a victim, but I’ve moved past that. I’m in a place now where I realize that my life is mine to create and enjoy, and that my future will be the result of the decisions that I make.”
Taking back control and having aspirations for ones future are essential in overcoming trauma. Most refugee children have experienced neglect, sexual exploitation, emotional abuse and violence. Sexual and emotional abuse and corporal punishment are taboos in our society. Let us support children by helping them get out of their isolation and build their future.
The 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey (habit 5)
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
…if you knew you wouldn’t fail?
Mia and Ela jumping on a trampoline, Hoher Hirschberg.
1. Do one thing at a time
2. Know the problem
3. Learn to listen
4. Learn to ask questions
5. Distinguish sense from nonsense
6. Accept change as inevitable
7. Admit mistakes
8. Say it simple
9. Be calm
How to work better, by Peter Fischli & David Weiss
“An enemy is one of the most important teachers. Without an enemy you cannot practice tolerance, and without tolerance you cannot build a sound basis of compassion.”
Indian scholar Shantideva in How to Practice, The Way to a Meaningful Life by the Dalai Lama
The Holstee Manifesto.
“Success is liking yourself,
liking what you do,
and liking how you do it.”
– Maya Angelou
Sperm travelling to egg. Fotografiska Museum Stockholm.
Foto by Lennart Nilsson.