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by Kelly Sharp
I learned some important lessons while on my trip to Breakthrough to Success; however I was mentally unprepared for the change I would experience and I was physically anxious because I didn't know what to expect or who I would meet.
During the first morning, I barely spoke and I wouldn't make eye contact. Everything changed during the first day as a result of two activities. First, we were asked to stand up and share hugs with strangers. Many of us were uncomfortable, some of us cried and many of us smiled because all we could feel was love and positive energy from each other. The second activity was sitting across from your partner for two minutes and making eye contact in silence. This was something that I had a lot of difficulty with. I soon became emotional. Some others did as well. Three-hundred people changed that day ... and the change continued.
By the last day, I became aware of the change that was occurring within me. I woke up every morning that week with my first feeling being joy; not the depression or anxiety I normally would have felt first thing. Mentally, I wasn't trying to schedule my day like I previously would.
I discovered that an emotional and spiritual bond with people can change the way you view life.
I noticed that I was more thoughtful when verbally expressing my thoughts to the friends I made and the group mates I traveled and roomed with.
I learned that rejection is a delusion of the mind. You are not rejected. Your life is just the same as it was even if someone had declined your request.
I learned that it is okay to ask for help. Yes, I did have a lot of trouble with learning this. I have the support of my family and friends, but I've always had trouble asking for help.
I realized that I could learn to love myself. This is the most operant thing I learned. I'm a pretty happy person. I have fun with life. I’m a hard worker. I love everyone. But I've had trouble loving myself.
Every day has been a great day ever since I arrived home. I'm taking these lessons and reminding myself of them daily. Breakthrough To Success changed my life.
Kids in school would benefit being taught the principles and tools I learned at BTS. It’s okay to ask for help. It’s okay to open up, be yourself and be courageous with everything. Kids need to learn how to love themselves, which is something most all of us struggle with throughout life, whether we're willing to admit it or not.
Kids would also benefit from learning how to face difficulties and knowing that they aren't alone with anything, which is what a lot of people think. If kids had the opportunity to learn this in school, they would learn how to connect with others even if it was for a brief time; but that brief time has the potential to change lives. And that connection has the potential to transform school culture and beyond.
Kelly Sharp is 17 and entering her senior year. She plans to join the military and eventually become a psychologist.
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Pathways to Success for Youth Team
Patty Aubery, Trisha Jacobson, Jack Canfield, Mikayla Cerney
Marissa Maitland, Molly Mullins, Marianna Robinson, Grace Remillard, Jack Canfield, Trish Jacobson, Mikayla Cerney, Meg Perrin & Faith Jacobson
Jackie DiFonzo, Olivia Belanger, Kelly Sharp, Marianna Robinson, Chance Bousquet, Meg Perrin, Lea Thelemarck being interviewed by Patty Aubery, President of The Canfield Training Group
Team members not shown: Nichole Tomacelli, Jen Collard, Whitney Pray, Drea Kasianchuk, Chelsea Latham