Meet the founder of Hope for Healing non-profit and learn the story behind a passionate desire to help people be mentally healthy and happy.
The engine exploded and the airplane began to shake violently
I was a passenger in a small airplane when the engine exploded and the plane began to shake violently. My daughter nearly bled to death from surgery complications. I found my son’s broken body lying in the middle of an intersection. My 9 month old grandson was life flighted to Primary Children’s hospital for emergency brain surgery. Another grandson was diagnosed with cancer at age 5 months. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. Is it any wonder that I succumbed to depression?
I slid into a pit of despair
Hello, my name is Linda bjork and all my life I’ve tried to be happy, friendly and optimistic. I never thought I’d have to deal with anything like depression or social anxiety, but life has a way of throwing things at you that you weren’t expecting. For me, I had a series of life events that flattened me. I was overcome with grief, sadness, helplessness and hopelessness. It was as if I had slid into a dark pit that was so deep that happiness or sunlight could not reach me. There were no windows or doors in this deep pit of despair, and I couldn’t see any way out. My situation felt totally and completely hopeless. I thought that this was my new reality. This was as good as it was going to get, and the best I could do from this point on was to endure in misery for the rest of my life. I stayed in this place of darkness for about 5 years but almost no one knew because I was really good at masking and hiding my pain.
Then my sister invited me to attend a women’s retreat where she was going to teach people how to be happy and fulfilled. I didn’t want to go. I didn’t think it would do any good. Besides, I was struggling with social anxiety and didn’t feel safe anywhere or with anyone. But even though I was scared and didn’t want to go, somehow I went anyway. And I’m so glad I did because that decision changed my life.
Linda Bjork, founder of Hope for Healing non-profit “I want to help people be mentally healthy and happy because I know what it’s like to live without those things.”
A ladder to climb out
The healing was not instantaneous, like turning on a light switch. It was gradual, like a sunrise. But it worked. I found happiness again. I became myself again. It was as if my sister lowered a ladder into my pit of despair and showed me a way to climb out.
Now it is my passion to offer a ladder to anyone who feels trapped in a dark place. Come and enjoy the sunshine again. I’ve traveled the path and I know the way out of darkness, sadness, hopelessness, and misery toward light, happiness, hope and inner-peace. I want to help people be mentally healthy and happy because I know what it’s like to live without those things.
If you’re ready to be happier, healthier and more successful, you’ve come to the right place. On the Hope for Healing website you’ll find tools and resources to increase happiness, build confidence and self-esteem, strengthen families and marriages, manage stress, and help alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Enjoy a variety of free resources to become your best self.
A painful and personal journey to healing becomes a powerful tool to help others.
Every journey to healing begins with HOPE
I thought I’d never be happy again. My name is Linda Bjork and this is my story.
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