Steve Olson, who recently stopped by to post a comment wrote about “the top causes that make my palms sweat, my heart bleed, and sends tears rolling down my cheeks” for the Caring, Compassion, Charity project.
It’s subject matter I can relate to on many levels – “Why You Should Never Give Up on a Troubled Youth”:
…When I was young, many people who claimed to be helping me, lied to me, abused me, marginalized me, and wrote me off as another statistic. I don’t claim to be special or unique in any way, I am one of millions.
I did not expect to live past 18. I lived through events that should have killed me. The fact that I am here writing this – alive and free – is a miracle. Some of my friends didnâ€™t make it. And some that did are the walking wounded. Ghosts of what could have been.
I owe my life to a couple of inexplicable events and to those few people – and there were very few of them – who accepted me as I was.
As my mind’s eye gazes into the reflection of my past, I clearly see that every moment of every day is a priceless gift.
But the most valuable thing I’ve learned along the way is that there is only one cure for what is wrong with people and the cure is unconditional love and acceptance. It starts with unconditionally loving and accepting yourself as you are right now.
Sound hokey? Cliche? Is unconditional love and acceptance a tall order? Yes, but it’s worth the effort.
Read the whole post.
He finishes with asking me to do the same here. That’s a scary request. It’s one I got to think about. I’m not sure I have guts to let it all hang out out here. There are reasons why I start my online personal history in my late teens.
But for now, let me just say again how much I can relate to his post. I had thought at one time I was going to die by the time I was 18. Then I had thought it would be 25. Then 30. Like so many I was written off by some and let down by others who thought I never could amount to much.
I’m blessed to have found folks along the way who believed in me.