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Survivor School

Here I go extolling the virtues of TED again…

Sugata Mitra talks about some experiments he conducted to see how children learn. Take a look:

And here I go again, drawing the parallels with our growing community of bloggers who are letting it all out about surviving abuse of all sorts, especially abuse at the hands of Cluster B’s.

For the most part, we are not mental health professionals. Most of us are probably women, some of us are men, nearly all of us are anonymous (for good reason), and we all have stories to tell. Those stories are probably the most amazing gifts we have to offer each other.

What we are sharing transcends race, religion, gender, and borders. We, too, have formed our own school and each of us is both a student and a teacher.

Our stories vary, but all have common threads; because of the commonalities, we have become a community. We offer things to each other that are hard to come by… Validation, for one. What we’ve been through is not an uncommon life experience, but we are among a small number who feel in our hearts that there is a better way to live, that we deserve the basic respect often denied us.

Everything starts somewhere. Before there are experts, there are problems to solve and ideas. Your story is worth something, because YOU are worth something.

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.” ~Mahatma Ghandi

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