The journey of healing from sexual violence and the pain that you stumble upon along the way is so hard for others to understand.
You can’t even come up with a description. Sometimes it can feel as if you are speaking a language that no one else seems fluent in.
After much struggle, I have come to believe that it is okay to feel the pain that was suffered.
It is a natural and human response, nothing to be ashamed of. At times when I have found myself overflowing with pain, words of wisdom and inspiration are soothing and escort hope in my mind.
Pain is never permanent. ~Teresa of Avila
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. ~M. Kathleen Casey
The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it. ~Helen Keller
We must try not to sink beneath our anguish… but battle on. ~J.K. Rowling
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience, of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. ~ Helen Keller
I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa
When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. ~Barbara Bloom
Like a plant that starts up in showers and sunshine and does not know which has best helped it to grow, it is difficult to say whether the hard things or the pleasant things did me the most good. ~Lucy Larcom
Turn your wounds into wisdom. ~Oprah Winfrey