S stands for Swan

banner the letter S for swan

A warm August hello to you, fair Ugly Ducklings.

Today’s blog is going to feature, not me, but a very special friend of us. Charlotte has followed Ugly Ducklings Inc closely since its very inception, and she was even one of the first people around here to turn into a Swan, after she opened her heart to us and told us her Ugly Duckling Story.

Very recently, Charlotte opened and started writing on her new blog and we’d love for you to become the first readers of this budding, great writer.

Here’s a tiny proof of that.

Charlotte dedicated the second entry of her blog to our movement, and, as a way to thank her for spreading the word on what we do, we decided to post it here as well. Can you guess what the letter S stands for?

Tuesday, August 6, 2013.

One of my all time favorite quotes by Maya Angelou is:
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.

And it’s so true, because it is our own personal stories of failure and triumph that can help others.

I have two very dear friends that literally live continents apart, yet they have started a movement that has eclipsed their distance and it has traveled to all the corners of the world.

Their website provides a safe haven for anyone young or old to tell their story. The website was inspired by Jennifer Morrison’s character role of Emma Swan in ABC’s Once Upon A Time, as she gave her fans the moniker The Ugly Ducklings, and thus the website was born.

If you haven’t seen the show or are unfamiliar with it, PLEASE lie to me and say that you have. It’s a show that encompasses all of the complexities of family, love, and loss while set against the backdrop of every fairytale story you’ve ever read.

 swans and ducks cleaning feathersSo, what makes an Ugly Duckling? It is someone who despite what life has thrown at them, they have succeeded. It is someone who has not let life harden them, and instead they have taken their own personal tragedies and used them to help others. We all have a story and when we start sharing, then that’s when the healing begins.

I was very fortunate to be able to share my story with Ugly Ducklings Inc. It is a story that is reminiscent of a phoenix rising from the ashes. I had every opportunity to be filled with hate, to be angry with the world, to repeat the cycle of abuse.

However, why not turn those horrific events into something beautiful? Why not take my anger and turn it into love for others who have also been hurt?

I am hoping to obtain my Master’s degree in Psychology so that I may further help those whose paths have been littered with broken pieces.

Being an ugly duckling means that not only do you empower yourself, but those around you as well.

Your story just may be someone else’s story too. And you’ll see that you don’t have to play a superhero or a story book character on TV to maybe save someone.

I thank Jennifer Morrison for inspiring Marie and Erin to create their website which has given a family to so many little ugly ducklings out there.

So, today’s blog is brought to you by the letter “S” because, eventually, all ugly ducklings grow up to be Swans.

PS. We cannot thank Charlotte enough for such beautiful words. They just make us work even harder to help and offer our encouraging words with more people.

– Marie,

The Tail Shaker.
The Ugly Ducklings Inc's swan

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