Monday, August 18, 2014

Believe It!

by Kate Collins

Once a week I lead a creativity group at my local women’s shelter. I call it creativity because I want it to be a fun exercise in tapping into their creative minds. I’ve noticed that most people don’t often go into their creative side because they’re so focused on getting through the business and busyness of life.

The group I work with is ever changing, as the goal is to get them whole and on their feet again. They are all abused and often coming off of an addiction stemming from abuse, hurt in physical/emotional ways that I will never fully understand, and for them this is an hour long vacation where they get to imagine and pretend in various fun situations.

Lately I’ve been focusing on how to get them to imagine themselves in better circumstances. To do that effectively, I’ve been studying, reading, and listening to webinars on the power of the mind, the subconscious mind, the spirit, and quantum physics.  Fascinating subjects to me.

Since I’ve changed over to those topics, the women have really blossomed. I’ve seen sixty-somethings down to nineteen-year-olds come to life as they absorbed the truth of their circumstances: we are what we believe we are.

They learn:
If we believe we can do something, we can. We become what we believe.
If we believe we can’t do something, we can’t. Basically, we create our reality. That’s putting it simply, of course, but when I show them examples, they get it.

At my last class, a young woman named Cheyenne came up afterward to tell me she was moving out the next day into her own place. She gave me a big hug and said she was sorry to go only because she would miss my classes. Then she gave me a gift. You can see the photos of this tiny card that is one of the most meaningful presents I’ve ever received.

This is a young woman who has been tortured, raped, mentally and physically scarred, and yet she has the most cheerful spirit and loving heart of anyone I’ve ever met. I know she’ll make something of her life. She has that kind of determination.

I wanted to share this with you to encourage you to donate your time helping others, human or animal, if you don’t already. It’s so rewarding. We don’t understand the impact we have on others’ lives until we see precious gifts like this.

Have a happy week!


katherine is love said...

This brought tears to my eyes. I love this. It is a reminder that you don't need to have money to donate something, you can donate your time, and that is really so much more precious than donating a check.

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

What an inspiring way to start a Monday. Thank you, Kate.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

What a beautiful post, Kate. It truly was a great way to start the week. That's valuable work you are doing there.



Annette said...

Terrific post Kate.
Volunteering is a wonderful experience. I volunteer at a local elementary school library and our local nursing home. I learn from and enjoy these old and young people so much.

Kate Collins said...

Thank you for your kind comments! I hope this will be a great start to a wonderful week!

Dru said...

Great post.

Nancy Jill Thames said...

Great example set - thank you.