In the midst of the very worst moments, I knew that I could never look the other way again.
There comes a time in your life when you confront a reality that is so unacceptable, it leaves a scar on your soul, shattering those rose-colored glasses.
Those moments are pivot points.
After my rock bottom last year, I vacillated back and forth between a violent anger at the betrayal of a system that was supposed to protect me and the more healing determination to make it better; to accept a bigger purpose.
This morning I took a tour of the Salt Lake YWCA’s campus, starting with the Salt Lake Family Justice Center, a collaborative venture that combines the resources of multiple organizations to deliver critical services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in one location.
It was a small breakfast gathering of donors following the Over the Edge fundraiser that brought in more than $90,000 in donations for this essential homebase.
The organizer and I chatted about opportunities to get more involved, noting that I was the first to commit to the event and start fundraising (thanks to many of you, we hit the $1,000 goal and secured a $1,000 match from the District Attorney).
I vividly remember opening the email announcing the fundraiser on July 5th.
It was like a calling – the combination of raising funds for victims of domestic violence while doing something new and a little scary (had never rappelled down the side of a building before).
I’m not sure the organizers thought about it in quite that way.
To me, it was an opportunity to make one small step toward changing the reality of a broken system and maybe helping one other woman change her reality, while boosting my own resiliency.
Creating a positive legacy out of your darkest experiences brings so much light and peace back into your life.
It may consist of seemingly small steps, but you never know where that journey will lead.
Plus, giving back is a surefire way to unleash that compassionate, grateful, resilient self who can and will live out a life that leaves an impact.
What’s the deeper purpose behind your comeback?