Feeling the fear and doing it anyway…

This weekend I went to Sugar Land, Texas to attend the Literacy Council Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon where my Dad and I had the honor of presenting a scholarship in my mother’s name.

The Literacy Council lives by its mission statement of ending intergenerational cycles of illiteracy by improving adult literacy skills and generating community-wide literacy awareness.  In other words, they give adults the opportunity to learn to read, communicate effectively, prepare for the GED, and learn basic computer skills.  This was a passion of my mom’s because she believed reading was foundational for getting an education and that education is essential to create choice and opportunity.  As such, she volunteered for the Literacy Council for many years and was the president of the board when she died 6 years ago.    

We presented the Jan Schiff Memorial Scholarship to a young woman who had not only learned how to read as an adult, but who is now pursuing a college education in criminal justice so that she can one day become a victim’s advocate.  As she shared her story, I was incredibly moved.  She said that the hardest part was not learning how to read, preparing for the GED, or even getting in to college.  She said that the hardest part was walking in the doors of the Literacy Council that first time and admitting that she needed help.  She said it feeling the fear and doing it anyway.  And she did!

I was literally in tears imagining the fear she must have felt to say, “I can’t do this alone, but I want to change my life.”

Walking in the door at the Literacy Council is a victory because it means that you are willing to ask for help even when it is scary.  Real strength is having the courage to say yes to yourself.   

If you have experienced loss and you think that doing it alone will prove how strong you are, consider this: 
Walking hand in hand with others who have experienced loss will not only provide you with support, but it will allow you to support others.  

As my mentor says, “Your challenges are your greatest gifts.” Being vulnerable unites us and allows us to heal.  If I hadn’t lost my mom, I wouldn’t be here sharing my gifts, my love, and my story with the world.   

If you want to take a chance to live life more fully after loss, please join us for Surviving to Thriving .

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