This story was featured on the newsletter of A Window Between Worlds as part of their “Impact Spotlight.” A Window Between Worlds is the non-profit that provides training to domestic violence shelter staff to use artwork with survivors of domestic violence to help in the healing process. We have been using their “Women’s Windows” program for the past year.
I thought I’d pass the story along to our own blog so you can share it as well. This happened some time in the last year with one of the residents at our shelter. Her name has been changed to protect her identity.
“I did a Self-Care Box workshop, in which I had the residents of my group write self-care ideas on slips of colored paper (things like taking a walk, deep slow breathing, etc.). Then they decorated small hexagonal boxes with paint and collage in which to keep the suggestions, to draw out when they felt stressed.
“A week later, Jennifer shared this story with me:
“She told me that she felt a little bad because the week before she had been kind of ‘flip’ about the group (although I hadn’t noticed she had been!). She also said that during the week, she’d had a really bad morning. She was feeling stressed, her kids were out of control, and she was having a really hard time keeping perspective and controlling her temper.
“When one of her kids swooped by her, she grabbed for him, but instead knocked the little Self-Care Box onto the floor. She said, ‘It was like slow motion. The lid came off and those little orange slips came out and all landed FACE UP, so I could read them. And they were saying, “Remember the important things” and “breathe” and all the things I had written to myself. It was powerful. And it was on the day before my 50th birthday.’
“She then gave me a huge hug and said, ‘I will never forget this.’
“It gave me goosebumps, and so I wanted to share this story with you!