A local church did a video production of my life story when I was featured as part of their "Upgrade Series". It features the beginning of my adversity when my parents were shot and then outlines the emotional transitions throughout my life. The overall purpose of the video is to feature my perspective in using my difficult situation to strengthen instead of as a crutch in life.
I was a keynote speaker at a conference of over 2500 women. I begin the presentation discussing the feedback of the video of my story that was featured a bit earlier. I bring humor into the discussion and narrate a timeline of events in a way where the audience can relate.
I discuss the concept of finding our own internal strength based on our unique circumstances and tackling the feeling like we are alone in this world. After tying humor into the discussion, I challenge the audience to look around at the other participants when asked to stand if they can relate to a particular statement of adversity. The audience notices how we are all more alike than different.
This analogy uses an audience member and a bottle of water to reflect how we often hold on to our stress without putting it down which could cause us health problems, sleeping and relational issues, and a lack of overall peace and contentment. Stress is normal and inevitable but when we do not put it down and walk away from it, it is then that we are setting ourselves up for negative consequences.
Perspective is discussed to help the audience realize that life circumstance is often based on the lens in which we view it through. An analogy of waiting in a traffic jam is used where I challenge the audience to compare themselves in this frustrating situation to the person in the accident causing the traffic jam versus comparing themselves to the drivers in the opposite lane who are flowing by without a delay. We can make any situation less stressful if we keep life in perspective, find a silver lining, or at minimum, focus on how the circumstance could be worse.