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From the Ashes of Heartbreak

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The Sandy Hook school shootings affected us all. I was deeply moved in a way that words couldn't touch. I waited silently listening for what I felt called to say about it. Then I remembered the powerful true story a reader shared with me years ago.

Her words are touching, instructive and inspiring.

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From the Ashes of Heartbreak

  1. 1. ©2012 Meryl Runion Rose www.speakstrong.com 1
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  4. 4. “I am a single mother.My oldest son, Jason,was about 16.Whenever he wouldbreak one of the rules orget in some kind oftrouble, I would lecturehim, often in a loudvoice.” ©2012 Meryl Runion Rose www.speakstrong.com 4
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  8. 8. “His words stopped me dead in my tracks.I replayed his statement over and over in mymind in the days that followed, until I fullyunderstood what he was saying.” “Mama, the louder you talk to “Mama, the me, the less I “Mama, the louder you talk to hear you.” louder you talk to the less I me, me, the less I hear you.” hear you.” ©2012 Meryl Runion Rose www.speakstrong.com 8
  9. 9. “I immediately changed my wayof speaking, not just with myson, but with anyone whom I feltwas wrong in some way.Rather than yelling, I adjustedmy tone.” 9
  10. 10. “I found people respond muchbetter to feedback when I offer itin a kinder, gentler way.It ends up having a muchstronger impact.” 10
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  12. 12. “…but ourrelationshipflourished in theyears precedinghis death becauseof the truth hetold me that day.We were closerthan ever before.” ©2012 Meryl Runion Rose www.speakstrong.com 12
  13. 13. “I live what Jasontaught me with myother son, Joshua,who is now 17. Weresolve ourdifferencespeacefully.I speak softly andhe hears me.” ©2012 Meryl Runion Rose www.speakstrong.com 13
  14. 14. “Please share my story with other moms so that they, too, can speaksoftly enough for their children to really hear them.” ©2012 Meryl Runion Rose www.speakstrong.com 14
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  19. 19. “His words stopped me dead in my tracks. As I replayed his statement over and over in my mind in the days that followed, I fully understood what he was saying.” ? 19
  20. 20. ©2012 Meryl Runion Rose www.speakstrong.com 20
  21. 21. “I immediately changed my way of speaking, not just to my son, but to anyone whom I felt was wrong in some way.”…learn fromour listeningand let itchange us. ©2012 Meryl Runion Rose www.speakstrong.com 21
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  23. 23. “But our relationship flourished in the years preceding his death because of the truth he told me that day. I live what Jason taught me with my other son, Joshua. I speak softly and he hears me.” ©2012 Meryl Runion Rose www.speakstrong.com 23
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  26. 26. “Please share my story with other moms so that they, too, can speak softly enough for their children to really hear them.”…makesomething outof somethingunspeakablypainful. 26
  27. 27. “Please share my story”©2012 Meryl Runion Rose www.speakstrong.com 27
  28. 28. Email: merylrunion(at)speakstrong.com 28

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