In Other People’s Words: Chico Xavier on New Endings

Sometimes other people say it better:

“‎Though nobody can go back and make a new beginning… Anyone can start over and make a new ending.”

Chico Xavier

I have read this quote many times in my life, a handful of them after my childhood memories unlocked. It is so poignant for 19 short words.

As a childhood sexual abuse survivor, I have a past that I want nothing more than to erase completely from my mind. I also deeply wish I could bring some people back to life because I feel like I was shorthanded in life growing up without my mother.

Sometimes the grief of my beginning can become so deep and encompassing it threatens to knock me over.

That is when this quote helps hold me up –

One of the hardest things to accept about my abuse is the lifelong effects, but at least I have control over how those effects play into my life going forward.

I will turn my pain into purpose and I will write my own ending.

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