We are each other’s light. Choose to use your story, share your scars and your still-healing wounds, in a way that bathes those who come after us with hope so dazzling that they yearn for it. That they burn brilliantly with it and then also share it with others. After having no hope, to receive it as a gift of compassion and love it the most beautiful thing we can do. Ignite each other hope and burn out the darkness. By doing so, we encourage each other to heal and to help others.
Through the mutual process among domestic violence survivors, domestic violence support workers, and other important people in the lives of victims, hope is inspired. Hope should and needs to be contagious.
In a Phenomenological study, participants aware of the hopeful people around them, felt that inspiring hope is an engaging process that counselors should master. If a counselor is burned out or cranky, he or she is not equipped to help anyone. That affects survivors. Understandably, negativity can be easily absorbed during trying times. In the study, when one’s personal success was challenging to identify, participants were able to capture some form of optimism through friends, family, colleagues, and other important people in their lives.
The study describes a “personal impact” in the lives of survivors, as making a difference by forming connections and giving survivors validation. The main focus of the participants during…
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