My journey from a challenged young women who stuttered to an empowered women who happens to stutter has been transformative.
The biggest change over the years was developing compassion for myself. The opposite of compassion is harshness. I understood that pain was inevitable but suffering was optional. I became gentle with myself and brought kindness to my thought process.
There was not one act or lesson that brought me to having compassion for myself. It has been a cumulative process. A few of these are:
1) Writing a daily gratitude list
2) growing together with other people who stutter. My friendships with my co-authors span 20 years.
2) having friends and family who truly care about me
3) having a spiritual practice, including yoga and meditation
4) Involved in my life – enjoyment of sports, music, reading, hiking and photography
5) learning how to be an effective communicator while stuttering
6) having career and life goals
4) seeking counseling to treat my emotional response to stuttering
I wish you a fabulous fall season. I wish you all the best on your journey as a person who stutters or someone who cares for a person who stutters.
Elizabeth and Jeff (2014)
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