Hi!! I'm Mel, the mild mannered alter ego of the superhero Sal (short for safe-at-last / Secret Agent of the Light)....
For those who don't know me, my name is Mel Stewart. I am a single mum with 2 beautiful kids, a giant dog called Paddy, and an axolotl named Mork. I'm happy to admit that I'm a bit of a nut - a rather fine nut, of course - and though I am far from perfect, I walk only in The Light. I have always enjoyed writing, and due to my own experiences, recently developed an interest in writing to promote awareness about family/ domestic violence, family law, mental health issues (especially AD/HD and PTSD), child abuse and more.
All the stuff I write is based on my and my childrens' experiences. I do not exaggerate or embellish in my articles, though I do change names, dates and other irrelevant details to protect my and my childrens' identities. The only exception is my satirical parody on organized stalking (http://safe-at-last.hubpages.com/hub/Ponderings-of-a-Paranoiac) but even that contains more fact than fiction. The only creative liberties I took in that article were instances where I stretched the truth to add entertainment value; the story itself is based on truth and is not pure fiction as most would probably prefer to believe.
I used to write for purely selfish reasons; I found it cathartic, but a very special friend of mine told to me that I should share the stuff I write, because he believed it would help others, and that by helping others I would also help myself to heal. At first I did not see the point in trying to publish my rants and raves; I did not think anyone would be interested in what I had to say.
Even so, I continued to think about sharing my work every so often and one day it occurred to me that it would certainly be worth sharing my writing if doing so helped even one person to heal; or caused one woman to realize that "staying for the kids" is no reason to stay in an abusive relationship and is not in the best interests of her children anyway; or empowered one woman to stand strong in the face of adversity by educating her and thus enabling her to be her/ her childrens' best advocate (knowledge is power).
Perhaps I might even awaken an abuser from their dark slumber by reminding them that taking responsibility for their behavior and making restitution to the victim would demonstrate that they may be only human, but as such, capable of not only the greatest of human weaknesses, but also the greatest of human strengths? In a universe of infinite possibilities, in the age of information technology, who could know? Perhaps something I write might even end up saving somebody's life? The thought was both humbling and inspiring, and so I joined the hubpages community and began to share my work.
The 58 hubs I've published over the last 17 months have now clocked up a modest 51,000 views, and my facebook page, STOP the Violence Against Women & Children, now has almost 4,000 fans. The fan base and interaction levels on my page continue to grow daily. I've received hundreds of comments from hub readers and my page's fans thanking me for writing and saying that I have enlightened and/or inspired them, and/ or given them hope and courage.
I was both truly humbled and overwhelmed with joy when one woman contacted me privately to thank me for saving her life: she had decided to take her own life one night and was "researching things" on the internet when she received an email from a friend with a link to my article "Suicide Poems - A Poetic Tribute to My Friend, RIP Lani...". She said that after reading it she felt a surge of hope and decided that she would take my advice by "reaching out" for help, and when she did, somebody was there to take her hand and pull her back from the edge of Darkness and into the Light. Knowing I helped this woman helps ease my guilt (guilt which, despite knowing I shouldn't, I carry anyway) at failing to find Lani before she died.
I want to say thank you to you all for the feedback I regularly receive and the appreciation expressed by so many of you in your comments and emails. I write from the heart, and it means a lot to me that my articles reach out to others; even more when I find out that something I wrote has genuinely helped someone to change their life for the better. Knowing I have made a difference to someone, somewhere, motivates me to continue writing and sharing, and reminds me that by doing my little bit and giving of myself for the greater good, I am helping to spread the Light and keep the Darkness at bay.
The Dalai Lama once said, "With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world." That quote reminds me of another well used saying "One drop raises the ocean." and so, I will keep typing, and hopefully by doing so, I will continue to inspire, enlighten and entertain!
Thanks again everyone! Wishing all of you and yours much Love, Laughter and Light. Mel. xox
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