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“Now dry your tears, stand up with your head high and face your problems….look at yourself in the mirror and if you cant look at your self in the mirror is because you have done something beneath you so you need to correct your actions” these words, this teaching from my mum will always resonate with me in whatever I do… As part of our journeys in life, part of our growth is to fall because it is the only way we can get back up again and see things with a new set of eyes…
My awakening began in the 80s living in Chile and being a witness to injustices, human rights violation. Growing up in a society with massive inequalities, you know something has to change! At the time one of the books that really marked me was the diary of Anna Frank and the importance of perseverance and belief. I’ve always wanted to help people which drove me to study psychology. This gave me the opportunity to get to know myself more, my own hang ups (damn we all have them  but most importantly to have the skills to be more aware of all of the different walks of life and how to help. I had a great mentor, a female psychologist who was so amazingly accurate when it came to analysing people that you would drop your jaw in awe! The most important lesson here was that we all have a degree of responsibility, the ability to change thereby we can all do something about it to better ourselves and help others! No matter where we all come from, we all share a common denominator…our humanity, our need to love and be loved. I worked in the area of addictions for a while and even though my clients at the time did not find the most helpful way to help themselves, my role was to facilitate for them to want to help themselves and take responsibility for their rehabilitation. I also started running psycho-educational groups which then led me to my next job to run training sessions for unemployed people. I also had lots of contact with new immigrants and was able to get inside their experiences and see the discrimination and injustices they faced! Therefore the latter encouraged me to get into Human Resources so I could make a difference at a larger scale. I completed my Masters degree and moved to the UK for a couple of years to be challenged and so I was! I was completely on my own, jobless, I was staying temporarily with an unknown family, I only knew one person in London (a friend) and was under pressure to find a job as I had little money. However I believed I could stick it out and make my life work and so I did! Now After several travels and amazing experiences, I continue to learn and grow to be a better person and hope help others help themselves!

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Carri Pence's picture

It is important to challenge

It is important to challenge yourself. To truly believe in yourself and be confident I do believe that you have to make yourself vulnerable. And I hope you are proud of yourself because most people will stay in their comfort zone for the fear of the unfamiliar. You proved not to only have opened your eyes to new experiences but also your heart. And once you truly let your heart free you are able to feel true and genuine emotions, even if it is difficult at times. I am truly inspired of you and your thirst for adventure.

Sabrina Urrutia's picture

Thank you for your kind words

Thanks a lot of your feedback :) Yes, I have been told before that I wear my heart in my sleeve! LOL
and I agree that being vulnerable and putting your heart out there can be a challenging thing to do although I feel I get to experience life more fully and truly...I think we have all been hurt but we all have the capacity to heal also...and look back with no regrets...at least if we get it wrong we still learned something new :))
Be in touch! :)

Sabrina Urrutia
Activist for Peace :)

EleanorJohnstone's picture

Sabrina, I really like your

Sabrina, I really like your focus on the power of perception and assistance. So so SO many situations could be improved if people could learn and manifest the talents that you are focusing your life's work on. Wonderful :)

As one of your peer listeners this week, the only suggestion that I would make is to find good, strong points in your article and use them to break the piece up into paragraphs. For instance, one paragraph for the anecdote and another for the reflection and larger resulting thoughts.

Good luck, I can't wait to read more!

~ Eleanor

Sabrina Urrutia's picture

thank you

for your comments and tips!
im learning to do this kind of writing so thank you for your support and tips :)

Sabrina Urrutia
Activist for Peace :)

Olivia Fischer's picture

Great post

Thank you for your post, Sabrina! The Diary of Ann Frank was a really important book for me growing up also -- the will to succeed in the face of adversity is such a powerful meessage. Your drive and will to succeed is also quite inspiration! Congratulations on moving on your own to an entirely new country and succeeding against the challenges you faced - not an easy task at all!

Sabrina Urrutia's picture

thank you

for the great comment!
yes, inspirational stories, move us and shape us!
Yes, moving is a challenge but Ive learnt to love it now!
Thank you again :)

Sabrina Urrutia
Activist for Peace :)

judyschiller's picture

Nice emphasis on humanity!

Hello, Sabrina,
I like how your post emphasizes that we all have some degree of responsibility to others and their well-being because we are all humans--our "common denominator."

The story about your mom is a nice "hook" to get your listeners "in" your story/writing right away. Great technique!

I wanted to learn how you became involved in this online community and how World Pulse fits into your journey of perseverance and self-improvement. I'm sure you have another powerful story to share about this part of the question. :)

All the best,

Judy

ps
I like your tag line, "activist for peace."

Sabrina Urrutia's picture

thank you Judy

for the feedback and nice comments. I have always enjoyed writing, poetry particularly or diary entries when I was little. Honestly I have never had formal training but I do enjoy writing as if im actually speaking to the reader, normally with quotes, etc. In fact I used to write before about my travels which became funny and insightful emails to my fam and friends :)

I got involved because I joined the Peace collaborative and development network, great website that give you info and updates on courses, etc. and I figured 'this is a great opportunity and I can definitely learn and reach people' so here I am! Living in Chile in the 80s shaped me and my choice to travel and live in new places have challenged me...continue to grow and use my interest and passion to help others in any way I can :)

Thank you again and definitely chat soon!

Sabrina Urrutia
Activist for Peace :)

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