Dear Dazzle: The Day I didn’t want to cry

It was the Resolutionary Award Ceremony this morning.  Sharing the story of my experience with domestic violence in front of 285 people that I owe so much gratitude to for supporting Resolve of Greater Rochester. I was so honored to share the impact that Resolve has had in my life. I honestly can say that there is no doubt in my mind that if I hadn’t found Resolve I would have self destructed. The last seven months have been amazing – some of the most painful yet freeing times I have had so far.

At one point I got emotional this morning while I was sharing. I was pretty upset about that for a while afterwards. Then I chose to reframe that. I am alive and feeling emotion so deeply that I could shed a tear. That seems miraculous to me when for years emotion was seen as detrimental and unnecessary. Did I enjoy that happening in front of people – nope! Am I grateful that my heart is opened to feeling – absolutely!

Thank you Allison Derounian O’Malley for your vision and dedication. You make the world a better place and I am so incredibly grateful for you and your staff at Resolve.

To all of the people who attended who offered support, handshakes and hugs – you have my gratitude. You made a very uncomfortable moment easier to survive. I honestly am overwhelmed by the messages and emails I have received since this morning. Y’all have my heart.

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