I’ve faced a lot of challenges in my life, as we all have. My parents got a divorce when I was a child and, later, I cared my mother in our home for more than 10 years as she suffered with and eventually passed from Ataxia. I helped my husband overcome substance abuse for many years and am now his caregiver while he very publicly battles Alzheimer’s – yet I’m always being told: “Kim, you’re such a strong woman!” I can’t speak for how strong I might or might not be, but I do know that I am a good coach and give a mighty good pep talk, especially to myself.
I believe that there is power in the spoken word. In my daily self-pep-talks I repeat:
I am strong. I can do this. I made it through today, I can make it through tomorrow. This too shall pass. My God is bigger than this problem!”
As you can imagine, I talk to myself A LOT!
I could just as easily convince myself otherwise. I could complain, become angry or make like a banana (and split!) – but those responses would go against everything I believe in and hurt everyone I care about, including me, in the end. When a negative or defeating thought pops into my head, I refuse to accept it or let it come out of my mouth.
Sometimes there is strength and courage in what you DON’T say or do.
Give yourself a pep talk today. Encourage yourself or someone else. Be the positive voice in a support group. Get involved in advocacy and speak for those who can no longer speak for themselves.
Your words have power. Use them for good.
– Kim Campbell
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