With no one to turn to for help and having no options for recourse through the law, Rosa used this experience to propel her forward in helping other victims who were left shattered and feeling as though they got what they deserved. Did you know she actually worked for the NAACP in the fifties? As a matter of fact, she was in the process of bringing justice to a group of white men who had kidnapped and gang raped a young woman and then left her for dead.
With that experience of tragedy and similar stories of violence against people of color, Ms. Parks developed a fierce courage and refused to back down. She used this quiet strength to investigate and press charges against many while continuously battling the lack of law enforcement or compassion for victims who had no options or resources.
In my book, "Choose Gratitude Not Attitude Even When Sh*t Hits the Fan" I use her story on Day 10 to illustrate the ability to use a tragedy to find the greatness within. To go from victim to warrior.
How might this show up in your own life?
Are there circumstances and events that have given you the resolve to help others, challenge authority, fight large and lopsided battles or stand up for yourself and others? Maybe it's even as simple as facing the fear of unemployment, foreclosure and debt collectors, knowing that you have a dream inside that nobody can destroy. Perhaps it's the people you've met, another door opened where one had closed, this led to that, etc.
I invite you to look at your life experiences in a different way and realize how tragedy has led to strength. Look, we've all had horrible things happen to us. Instead of holding on to that pain, let the light in and begin to find the gratitude underneath.
Who are you grateful for being because of those circumstances?
What are you grateful for doing as a result?
How has this experience propelled you forward?