The Road to Social Work and Human Service Practice 6th Ed. by Lesley Chenoweth and Donna McAuliffe.

For the next week of my 460 day challenge, I am going to randomly select words of wisdom from the 100s of books that I own. I have always been an avid reader and I also love to refer to books at random to receive the wisdom of the words that are present on the page. May you receive these words with the same joy that I discover in finding them.

“My message is simple. If you are a young man heading down the dark road of domestic violence then ask for help before you go on to damage yourself and the ones you love. If you are older like I was, then it is never too late to make a change in your life to make a safe environment for your children and grandchildren and become the positive role model our families deserve. Kia ora koutou.”

One person was able to change the life of Tena. A friend who had also suffered physical, mental and sexual abuse in childhood, started to change and introduced Tena to an anger management group. the woman facilitating the group was able to open Tena’s eyes to what he had experienced and to what he had been doing his whole life. This began the journey of change and transformation that gave Tena new skills to deal with life without using violence and abuse.

It takes just one person to believe that you can do it, no matter what the challenge. There is no shame in reaching out for help when the road becomes too difficult. In these times of collective shadow, individually we must heal in order to heal the collective. Find the courage to speak out, to reach out, to humble yourself to healing because in the end that is where the power is.