Hi everyone. I just want to apologize and explain the reason for my long absence. As I have mentioned before, everyone struggles with internal darkness no matter who you are, including me. Even though I have worked through the darkness successfully before, I can still get lost. I did get lost, and I was consumed by my darkness. I needed someone to help me out of it, but I did not want to ask someone because I did not want to admit and accept that I was in the dark. I am back now, and I have been reminded that I cannot face this alone.
Something that I have really learned from this experience is the importance of acknowledgement, but it doesn’t stop there. The first step after acknowledging that you are in the dark, is to scream. Being lost in the dark seems a little easier when you have someone there with you. The best thing you can do is to talk to someone because you can end up talking your way out of the darkness. Once you confide in someone you are not alone in your darkness. There are people waiting in the light at the end of your dark tunnel. Listen to their voices and they can help guide you to the light. In order for them to help you though, you have to want help. You have to want to be in the light again. The worst thing you can do is get comfortable in the dark. You have to convince yourself that there is the opportunity to escape the darkness.
We are absolutely THRILLED at all of the positive engagement and strong students that reach out to us wanting to help others sharing their stories, personal battles and triumphs. Meredith Russ is most certainly one of those people.
We are so excited Meredith will not only share her story, she will be a regular contributor on our blog in a section titled "A Light in the Dark." Meredith will be posting on a regular basis beginning this week detailing her own journey while engaging others who face the similar challenges.
Stories and inspiration from people all over the nation making the decision to come together as a community of people who want to spread love, joy and peace and break down the barriers of racism, hatred, violence and prejudice of any kind. We're all in this together.