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What's Next?

by Mark D. Lerner, Ph.D.

Chairman, National Center for Emotional Wellness

CEO & Creator,

Life can be unpredictable and at times, it throws challenges our way that can leave us feeling broken, damaged, and defined by the pain we have endured. But here's the truth: we are not defined by what happened to us, but by how we choose to respond. It is in this response that our true strength lies.

Whether we have been harmed by individuals or organizations, it is important to remember that our experiences do not predict our future. It may feel overwhelming, but we have the power within ourselves to rise above and overcome.

In the earliest stages of traumatic exposure, it is crucial to prioritize safety and seek support from family, friends, or professionals. Surround yourself with those who uplift and empathize with your struggle. This support network can help you regain a sense of stability as you navigate the healing process.

It's important to understand that healing is not a linear process and takes time. However, in this journey, you possess an immense reserve of emotional energy, even if it is painful. Instead of letting it consume you, harness it as a powerful force for change.

Use that energy as fuel to propel yourself forward. Allow yourself to dream about the person you want to become, who you ideally envision yourself to be. Embrace the idea that you have the potential to not just survive, but to thrive despite the challenges you are facing.

Remember, healing is a deeply personal journey, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Be patient with yourself, practice self-compassion, and celebrate even the smallest victories. Transforming your pain into strength requires dedication and determination, but the rewards are immeasurable.

Embrace your power and reclaim your narrative. You are not merely a victim, but a survivor. Harness the energy within you, learn from the past, and carve a path toward the empowered future you envision. You can overcome, heal, and become the person you aspire to be: a thriver!


Aug 18, 2023

Love this.


Aug 18, 2023

Awesome, Dr. Lerner. Thank you!

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