This week I’d like to address an issue we’ve been hearing about over the last few weeks – domestic violence. This is not a new issue but when it is brought to light via someone with celebrity status, the media hones in and sheds a brighter light on it. Since the NFL story surfaced back in February, the discussions regarding domestic violence have been more frequent and more intense and are being had by all age groups. The rate of victims reaching out for help and acknowledging what’s going on in their lives has skyrocketed. It is unfortunate that this altercation ever took place and my heart goes out to the victim, however this visual may have saved more lives that we’ll ever know.
Let me first say that in domestic situations there are many issues. In my opinion domestic violence exists in a place where there is low self-esteem, low self-worth and little to no self-love. This pertains to both parties involved. If a person has true love for themselves there is no way they would commit a violent act against another. As we are all connected - this would feel like an act against themselves. When a person has high self-esteem and values who they are, they understand that this type of violence is unnecessary and brings nothing positive – to them or the victim. They would therefore feel no need to engage this behavior.
To anyone reading this post – if you are in a relationship that makes you feel afraid, intimidated and less than you are – take a moment and ask yourself why you’re there, what does it benefit you and most of all, is this what I deserve? If you are in a physically violent situation – GET OUT. Know that you are a gift from the creator and you have been blessed with a strong and resilient spirit. You have been created with the power to always rise above your current situation and shine on the other side of it. No human being has the authority or the right to try and take from you what they did not give…..your esteem, your self-worth, your beautiful spirit. Love yourself more than you fear your oppressor. Reach out for help; it is there. Know that you are NOT alone, many others have walked in your shoes and they have created a path for you. They will support you; they will know your pain, your fear and your path to growth and healing. I am asking if you or someone you know is in an abusive situation PLEASE seek help to get out.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, let’s all challenge ourselves to offer support, aide, education or information for organizations such as The National Domestic Hotline - http://www.thehotline.org/ - 1-800-799-7233, to anyone in an abusive situation.
Life is a precious gift and we deserve the BEST from it. Love yourself enough to seek out the best in your life.
Have a great week, and remember…
Always do you,