About a year ago, I got in touch with two women named Angela and Elizabeth. They were working on a book called Soul Models: Women Transforming Challenge to Change. The book highlights compassion as a way to navigate all challenges and includes stories from women who have used hardship as a way to help others. The Operation Beautiful story will be included.
While they were working on the book, Amanda Todd committed suicide. Amanda was a 15 year-old Canadian girl who had been relentlessly teased and tormented by bullies. A few weeks before her death, she posted this YouTube video describing her journey. Over 12 million people have watched it. Please note that her video may be triggering.
But the bullying still continues. And Angela and Elizabeth felt moved to do something now, something immediate.
Instead of getting the Soul Models stories out right now, Angela and Elizabeth felt that they must share the “Soulutions” that all of the contributors are giving for getting through hardship. They felt they couldn’t hear of another young girl that decided to commit suicide. There are so many in pain who need help and answers right now. Angela and Elizabeth also realize that everyone, not just the women that were interviewed for the book, has “Soulutions” to share that can help and encourage others. They reached out to me, and together, we are collecting stories of advice and encouragement. These nuggets of wisdom will eventually end up in an e-book. I will donate 100% of my portion of the proceeds to a charitable organization dedicated to stopping bullying (but I haven’t decided which!).
What got you through it?
How did someone else help?
What would you go back and tell yourself?
What would you change?
What perspective can you offer?
The Soulutions chapters will include:
Self-esteem / Looks / Weight / Sexuality / Self-worth
Betrayal / Loss of Friendship or Love
Financial issues / Debt / Out of work / Loss of home
Parenting / Parenting a special needs child / Issues with own parents
Depression / Emotional challenges / Stress
Unhealthy Relationship / Domestic violence/Stalking
Chronic or Temporary Illness
Grief / Loss of a loved one
Before I put a call out for the Soulutions, I would love to collect longer stories from women who have gone through one of the above experiences and want to share what happened to them on the HTP blog in hopes of helping others. I hope these longer stories will spark others to submit their own Soulutions for change and hope. If you feel compelled to share your journey, send a brief synopsis of what happened and what you learned to firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep it to 300 words, and put the relevant topic (listed above) in the subject line. Even if I don’t use it, I will forward it to Elizabeth and Angela for use in the final work. You can be kept anonymous if you wish.
I am excited to hear the advice you all have to share. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. <3