I wanted to share with you a letter I recently got from someone who is trying to find herself. She said she had survived a number of setbacks, both physically and emotionally. She said she could not yet see the light. I was so moved by that. There are many people like you out there, not knowing how to make that first step.
The first step is to look in the mirror and to tell yourself, you love yourself. You don't just do this once, it is your first step every single day. Second, do not underestimate the power of God and the power of faith. Anytime I go to church, or read my bible I find meaning and strength in the word.
Third, it has always helped me to feel better when I look better. Taking care of yourself, especially during difficult times, is important! This does not mean spend money. It means, put on your best dress, style your hair as best you can, make an effort to look the best you can. You have to believe in you before anyone else can.
Putting yourself in surroundings that make you happy is also important. For me that is being with children. Last year, some friends and I rented a big van and took their children to a cabin in the mountains. We cooked, we laughed, we played, we had a great time. It gave me the comfort of family - that closeness and togetherness that I love so much.
These are the things I draw strength from. I wish for you, who wrote to me, and all of you facing difficult times, that you might take some of these and start to create and live a better life! We are all so much stronger than we know...