You Will Be OK

Last month JCW Israel finished it’s first women’s survivors support group in Jerusalem. At the end of the group we asked the amazing participants to share their words of wisdom and advice to survivors who are early on in their journey of healing, a place very familiar to every one of them from not that long ago. Over the next few weeks we will share their responses. Here are their inspiring words of courage.

You will be OK.

Not just OK- You will come out of this stronger then you ever believed you could be.

You are embarking on a painful and bumpy  journey.

There will be times you will feel like you’re stuck in a horrible traffic jam, times you will feel like you keep making U- turn after U- turn, times you will feel like now matter how hard you try the car won’t start, but I promise, YOU WILL BE OK.

OK, it may look different than you thought it would look. But it is still OK.

You have been handed a really tough situation. Sometimes it may feel like an impossible situation. But the journey to emotional health that you have been forced to embark upon by this situation is amazing. You will learn so much about yourself, your family, and your community. You will learn so many tools that will help you in so many other aspects of your life. You will learn how to love yourself, how to accept yourself.

Most of all, you will learn that you were always OK.

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