By Erica Root
It takes twenty seconds of courage to change a life.
Earlier this month I sat down with Nilda Valmores, Executive Director for My Sister’s House, a local non-profit here in Sacramento that helps women and children impacted by domestic violence. She told me a story – which she admitted was not her own, but that stuck with her – about an Indian man who overheard a violent screaming match next door. He breathed deep and remained courageous for twenty seconds, long enough for him to ring his neighbor’s doorbell. Long enough to distract the screaming couple from their fight.
It’s these little acts of courage that could make the difference in cases of domestic violence. In twenty seconds the scales can tip: It can make the difference in saving a neighbor, a family member, a friend, or a co-worker... Read More