More Than a Statistic…

The statistics say one billion women will be a victim of violence in their lifetime. As many as one in every three women has been beaten, coerced into sex or abused in some other way – most often by someone she knows, including by her husband or another male family member. Today, on US soil, I met the most beautiful woman from India, who is a victim of such violence. She also told me her sister was murdered by her in-laws in India.

If you saw this woman on the street you would notice her, she’s beautiful. You would not know her story though, it is not something she wears on her sleeve. When she learned about Project Authenticity, she offered to share her story and that of her sister’s. And while I wanted to hear her story, I’m saddened that violence will be a part of it.

I’m sharing this with you because there are almost a billion more like her out there. If you just stop and think about it, that’s overwhelming. The only way the abuse can end is by giving it a voice.

So….where’s the goodness? I met a woman from Calcutta, India today, who’s overcome great hardships and is now a single mom, who will see her son graduate (I believe from college) in a few weeks. She had a glimmer in her eye when she mentioned that to me. She’s very proud thats she’s been able to provide an education for her son and that he knows violence doesn’t solve anything. And in my eyes, that’s the goodness! She’s focused on the goodness in her story, that’s what defines her. She’s very quick to tell you her story is not about defeat but triumph. Her filters are tuned to see it and embrace it.  She spent many years chasing and fighting to find goodness and she has. Her story is remarkable and one to celebrate, it’s about triumph!

The first step on our journey to Chase Goodness is to start thinking about your filters. It’s always hardest to see the details in our own stories, have you seen goodness in someone else’s this week?

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bethmulhern May 6, 2010 at

This is incredibly moving – facing the truth about the violence described is overwhelmingly horrible, but the goodness found by this woman is so incredibly inspiring – a cause for great joy!

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