I have a client who is struggling to hear any of these words. It has been a difficult journey with this person. I care deeply for their existence, for I know these words to be true for them. I know that there is something deep below all their suffering and pain. I know what others see are not the person that they are truly. But sadly, I cannot make this person trust, believe, embrace, and own these words to take a new step into a new beginning. I am not going to turn my back, which would not be true to who I am. If others had turned their back on me through my struggles and pain, I would not be alive today. So, I will be present. It does not make me naive, ignorant, or crazy. It makes me human. It means I know how to be human to others in their worst moments. I think our world would be an incredible place if we spent less time judging people for their wounds and mistakes and lend a hand asking them what they need. Sometimes, they just need someone to sit in silence with them, other days they need someone to listen without suggestions or judgement. Mostly...they need a friend to believe these words for them. If you come to me, I will always give you the benefit of the doubt. I will not walk away. I will not be walked over, but I will be present as long as I can. Do not give up on people. Their stories do not define who they are or their present.
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Andrea creates, builds, and offers her teachings and hands on life tools based on her journey healing her body image after a 14yr battle and life of trauma. Her vision always is to help others live a full life with the journey they are given.