Daring to Share
Chaos to Calm:
Awakenings Through Covid
These are the inspiring awakenings received when 8 individuals bravely opened to the bounty of self-discovery and personal evolution beyond the acute disconnection the pandemic of 2020 created, they found amplified connection to themselves, others, and the world
Diana Reyers Introduces
8 authors | 8 chapters | 8 stories
Excerpt from Daring to Share Chaos to Calm:
Awakenings Through Covid - Special Edition 2020
Chapter 2 - Chaos to Calm by Julie Gauthier - Freedom
I feel myself wanting to break free from that awful place of living within the fear of inauthenticity and unworthiness. When I am there, I hide or minimize myself, and that is the purest form of chaos. I want to break free from that space that thrives where the truth is meant to reside but gets hidden behind lies and surrounded by shame. I need to survive this race to be able to tell the tale that one can believe in miracles; the fear is an illusion built in the fort or disempowerment. I want to be open to the mysterious unfolding of my life, discover who I am, someone who is unpretentious and completely valid, even during a pandemic.
Behind this armour I wear, this sturdy silver bulletproof carapace, two strong forces reside in me and fight each other; they are divided into two fierce desires - to live and to die. I question whether or not I should remove this shell that has protected me from being my authentic self for 33 years. It has allowed me to hide my identity because I never wanted anyone to see my skin, my body, and my dying soul. Pleasure, joy, and love were foreign to me and too scary to accept or hope for, while deception, abandonment and rejection were too high a price even to consider. I knew the cost of each side. I knew both choices had consequences, and neither was an easy decision to pick and stick to. Neither would be easy.
As you read the stories, you will gain perspective on the journey of others, you will identify yourself in parts of stories, and you will feel the warmth of human connection as you continue to navigate your chaos and find your calm. I look forward to reading it again - years from now. As a piece of history and a compelling journal of human resiliency...
~ Jacquie Costron
Co- Founder of Costron + Co.
Business & Life Strategist
At times the emotional heart of each writer is so exposed it draws one into deep communion. You realize how much is collectively shared, mourning the tragic losses and unimaginable sacrifices and heightened fear, yet discovering the capacity to persevere. Each story in this anthology demonstrates our resiliency and the process of transformation…
~ John De Freitas
Authenticity Coach, Co-Author,
Daring to Share: There to Here,
2nd Edition | Volume 1
These stories act as a gateway of insight as to how others are going through this shared time in our lives and provide a wide-angle lens on some of the very things I am internalizing, as well as empathy for things others are going through that would never have occurred to me otherwise. Reading these stories literally gives me the ability to take a walk for a mile or two in someone else’s shoes. Quite the superpower indeed…