I recently sat down for a discussion with the author of The Reminder, Dunamis and The Real Secret, Sonia Huh (nee Bangura). As one of the individuals who escaped a civil war that ravaged her country of origin, Sierra Leone, Huh discusses what happened to the land that she loves and still hurts for.  Huh says, "the pain does not go away Tora." She reveals .....

I recently sat down for a discussion with the author of The Reminder, Dunamis and The Real Secret, Sonia Huh (nee Bangura). As one of the individuals who escaped a civil war that ravaged her country of origin, Sierra Leone, Huh discusses what happened to the land that she loves and still hurts for.  Huh says, "the pain does not go away Tora." She reveals how that experience led her to, at the time, undiscovered purpose in life.

Huh recalls sitting on steps behind a church while in Sierra Leone, weeping and crying out to God, asking, "Why all this suffering? Why all this pain? Why all this poverty, sickness,disease and agony?" She had witnessed the indescribable suffering of fellow Sierra Leoneans and had realized what they had to do in order to survive. Things which she did not have to do.

Unbeknownst to her, while sitting tearfully on the steps behind that church with the weight of her questions, those steps and her candid conversation with God that day, began ordering her steps.

As an African child, Huh, was fortunate enough to attend elite boarding and international schools, create lifelong friends with people from all races, religions and non-religions, and walks of life. 

Upon arriving in the United States, Huh experienced life as an immigrant and the hardships, fears and loneliness that came with it. She had lived her life as a protected child of diplomats, gone home to Sierra Leone only to witness the sickness of poverty, and then found herself rooted from her sheltered life, in America, a nation she had never imagined she would one day call home.  "The tables turned on me Tora, and I had one choice. To live or to die. I chose to live! But not just to live, but to do so without bitterness, anger, malice and depression toward the world and my fellow human beings. I have no regrets for my experiences; I believe I am a better person" 

Huh feels blessed to have escaped the rape, torture, mutilation and death that many of her fellow Sierra Leonean sisters endured during the civil war that took place in Sierra Leone. 

"I do not, and will never take my life for granted."  Huh now resides in America, which she calls her unexpected home. It was never a part of her plans while growing up to live in another country and call it home. Her plans had always been to live in Sierra Leone and to use her vast education to assist the poor and uneducated. 

In speaking with her, she revealed, "I attribute my being in here to a Divine Plan, which is still unfolding day by day as I mature spiritually, mentally, and emotionally." 

While listening to this brief video, Episode 1 - From the Author's Perspective - Finding Purpose (The Reminder: Quiet Power Peaceful Confidence), look for opportunities in your life that will allow you to discover who you truly are and what your purpose in life is. No matter what may be going on in your life, find the power to uncover the blueprint for your life, discover your Quiet Power, Peaceful Confidence, and become who The Reminder describes as "The Synonym Assistant".  {excerpt from "The Reminder"} 

As Huh puts it, "Our world needs as many Synonym Assistants as possible."

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