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In front of me, a door, my hands start to shake
Unsure and uneasy of what lies in wait
A tentative hand, reach up to the door
A room full of people, never seen them before
Arms crossed, eyes down, silence all around
I’m in, it’s too late and I can’t escape.
A few weeks pass, our fears subside.
It gets easier to go inside.
A warm greeting, a smiling face
We’re all here, minds in the same place.
Here to listen and change our view, of how we see ourselves,
A new strength and focus to deal with each day
Replaces the sadness and sorrow. That fades away.
Goals we made, the changes we make
Listen to the voice within, it makes no mistakes
There were tears, there was laughter, our eyes opened wide
To the fact we’re all individually beautiful inside
The past is behind us, our future we make
Look forward not behind except to remind
Remind us how far we have come
That tentative reach has all but gone.
(A participant of the self-esteem group, January 2012)
Group participants were asked “what if anything you have learnt from the course?
“I have learnt how my self-esteem affects all parts of my life, something I’ve never thought about. Also learnt how my self-esteem can affect others around me”
“I learnt not to be afraid of people (strangers) in the group. I can do things I thought I couldn’t do”
“I learnt a bit about myself, care for who I am inside and take care of myself”
“I learnt that if you put your mind to things they can be achieved. Nobody needs to be a “doormat, be assertive and fair.”
“ I learnt how to believe in myself, how other people view me, and how different it was to what I thought, how to deal with problems that arise”.
“I have learned to be myself, to talk to people with confidence, to open up to people and to say no”
(From project evaluation forms)
I am grateful to all the women who have been part of 5 self-esteem groups. They taught me the courage to look in the mirror and start believing in themselves. The amazing transformation I have witnessed fills myself with pride and joy for all their achievements and the many to come in the future. Well done all!