♥ There are times that I am at a point of giving up.

Hi Kim,

I know I have to practice more and harder. I am frustrated. I can’t get my timing [for my writing assignments] right. At some point, I lost my enthusiasm to write but I know I can’t stop and I need go on and never give up. Now, I am reflecting and asking myself on the things that I should be thankful. After some thinking and motivating, I am slowly gaining back my enthusiasm to write. You know, there are times that I am at a point of giving up. Honestly, it is true. But, I always find myself reading to your  words of encouragement and to your blogs on Dear Kim. Really, those words lift my spirits up. They always remind me that the only thing I can do is to never give up. Thank you Kim, for everything.

Sincerely, A

Dear A,

When I began working with Internationally Educated Health Professionals it became very evident to me that beyond helping people navigate the licensure process what people needed most is support: informational, affirmational and emotional. Time and time again I met people who needed encouragement. I began to understand how living in a new country without the love and support or family and community, coupled with facing new and unexpected challenges, placed people in very vulnerable places internally: mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I decided then that not only would I provide the information, I would provide whatever support was needed, if I could fill it.

Reading your message touched me deeply. It confirmed that I have been able to overcome the barriers of the “cold climate” of the internet through words of encouragement. My hope is that this is just the beginning of a community of support and encouragement where people come together to do what I have been doing. Thanks to some very special people who have been commenting on the Dear Kim blog, my dream is coming to fruition. This touches me very deeply, letting me know I am doing what I have been created to do.

So reading your message reminded me once again that I should not give up. It reminds me that what I am doing is important.

Maybe one day you will join me in providing that support and encouragement!

In the mean time, I will tell you what I learned a long time ago from a song I used to dance to.

All my life I wanted to dance, not on stage in performance, but simply wanting to dance. I joined a dance group when I was 25, to the delight of my body, heart, mind and spirit. It was a meditative dance, to inspirational music. All of the songs were uplifting, motivating and encouraging. Some led us deep into our selves, but always at the end there was healing. Many songs have great meaning to me, but one in particular taught me a lesson I needed to learn. The words were:

I will be gentle with myself, I will love myself;
I am a child of the universe, being born each moment.

Please be gentle with yourself. You are learning. You are growing. And you will make it. At some point in time you will understand the balance between what to write and when to stop. You will come to trust that you have done the best that you can, and you have completed what you need to do. You will come to a place of peace and comfort: the source of inner confidence.

You may doubt my words, but I say them with confidence knowing that those who have come before you have reached that point, and in doing so have passed CELBAN Writing.

In writing this the words of a favorite song came to mind. Here are the lyrics and the Youtube video.

“Don’t Give Up” by Peter Gabriel

in this proud land we grew up strong
we were wanted all along
I was taught to fight, taught to win
I never thought I could fail

no fight left or so it seems
I am a man whose dreams have all deserted
I’ve changed my face, I’ve changed my name
but no one wants you when you lose

don’t give up
‘cos you have friends
don’t give up
you’re not beaten yet
don’t give up
I know you can make it good

though I saw it all around
never thought I could be affected
thought that we’d be the last to go
it is so strange the way things turn

drove the night toward my home
the place that I was born, on the lakeside
as daylight broke, I saw the earth
the trees had burned down to the ground

don’t give up
you still have us
don’t give up
we don’t need much of anything
don’t give up
’cause somewhere there’s a place
where we belong

rest your head
you worry too much
it’s going to be alright
when times get rough
you can fall back on us
don’t give up
please don’t give up

‘got to walk out of here
I can’t take anymore
going to stand on that bridge
keep my eyes down below
whatever may come
and whatever may go
that river’s flowing
that river’s flowing

moved on to another town
tried hard to settle down
for every job, so many men
so many men no-one needs

don’t give up
’cause you have friends
don’t give up
you’re not the only one
don’t give up
no reason to be ashamed
don’t give up
you still have us
don’t give up now
we’re proud of who you are
don’t give up
you know it’s never been easy
don’t give up
’cause I believe there’s the a place
there’s a place where we belong

Thank you for persevering. Thank you for your resilience. Thank you for not giving up. You are not alone and you have more friends than you can possibly know!


P.S. I know many people who feel the same way, having not passed the CELBAN or suffered a great loss. Please help me to create a community of support. Add comments: your own words of encouragement. I will send the link to people who sorely need this message, in their time of need.

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