"Five year old Saroo was lost on a train that took him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo had to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home."
Saroo Brierley wrote his story, "A Long Way Home", a book published in 2013 and originally released in Australia. Then, in 2014, the book was internationally re-released before it was adapted into a major film in 2016, "Lion". He will write a prequel on the story of both mothers- biological and adoptive- before he was in the picture.
Saroo's story was shared as a paperback edition. He shared his story and watched it grow before his eyes, into something majorly impactful.
I have always been inspired by Saroo and his process while writing my memoir, "The Girl Who Cried Forgiveness". I write this blog to emphasize on the power of sharing our stories. When we share our stories and pursue the healing along the way, we are able to impact the world. Saroo is a testimony of just that! His book has impacted the adoption world, parenting, and even child sex-trafficking in India. I am in awe of what might happen with my story, and the stories others share through our Write With Me package.
This morning, I felt an apprehension and an eagerness to jump out of bed, grab my red ink pen and edit my book, again. I am inspired by Saroo for where his book started and how its grown since. Not only in the pictures, but his book on its own. From a thin book, to a weighty book, from a basic cover to a powerful cover, his book evolved over-time.
The first copies of "The Girl Who Cried Forgiveness" have miss-spellings and other grammatical errors throughout them. Let it be known that I am a writer, and not an editor. My book project team- Debi Jean McMurray, Esther Vivian Kay, and Danika Good- are amazing women who grabbed my hand, held my heart and assured healing was productive in my mind as they supported edits and the design of this book. Every person on this team was without prior-experience, but have been filled with excitement, encouragement and support to get these stories out! With just as much eagerness, we all pushed the book out quickly.
I am grateful for this team, and for the power of transparency, and for the inevitable opportunity to try again and edit for future copies. Like Saroo, and many others, we can find healing, new perspective and encouragement after sharing our stories as best as we can, and watch as a they not only evolve into greater products, but upon larger platforms affecting many more people.
If you are wanting to share your story, and feel ill-equipped in doing so, know that you can do it if you simply try.
Revelation 12:11 "We will overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the words of our testimony."
Share your story anyway, build your support team to help build it up and polish it, and watch as others overcome their hardships through your vulnerable transparency, as living proof that everything is going to be okay, no matter what you've experienced.