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The Wounded Child Within

by Alrick Dorett, Co-Founder, The Brilliant Foundation

Life has a way of leaving deep imprints on our hearts and souls, particularly during our formative years. The wounds we carry from our childhood or young adulthood can shape our lives in profound ways, impacting our relationships, self-esteem, and overall well-being.

However, it is crucial to recognise that we hold the power to heal, forgive, and move forward from the wounded child within. By embracing self-love, cultivating forgiveness towards ourselves and others, we embark on a transformative journey towards personal growth, acceptance, and love.

Famous people from various walks of life have contemplated the concepts of healing, forgiveness, and love. Their words serve as guiding lights, inspiring us as we navigate our unique paths to self-renewal.

Throughout this extended article, let us draw upon their wisdom and allow their profound quotes to illuminate our personal journey of healing and growth.

Healing: Reclaiming Our Inner Light

"Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it." - Rumi

Healing begins with a courageous act of self-discovery and introspection. It requires us to confront the barriers we have constructed within ourselves that hinder our ability to experience love and self-acceptance fully. By acknowledging our pain and tending to our emotional wounds, we gradually dismantle these barriers, allowing our inner light to shine through.

Engaging in therapy, engaging in self-reflection, and prioritising self-care all contribute to the healing process, helping us mend our wounded inner child.


A Pathway to Freedom "Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a permanent attitude." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Forgiveness is an act of profound liberation, freeing ourselves from the weight of resentment and anger. While forgiving others may seem daunting, it is crucial to recognise that forgiveness is primarily an act of self-empowerment. It is not about condoning or forgetting past actions but about releasing ourselves from the bondage of negative emotions.

Through forgiveness, we create space for healing, growth, and genuine transformation. It enables us to break free from the shackles of the past and move forward with compassion, empathy, and inner peace.

Love: Embracing Our Wholeness

"Love yourself first, and everything else falls into line." - Lucille Ball

Authentic love for others can only flourish when we have learned to love ourselves unconditionally. Embracing self-love requires accepting ourselves with all our flaws and imperfections. It involves nurturing our inner being, practicing self-compassion, and prioritising our own well-being. When we genuinely love ourselves, we cultivate a positive energy that radiates outward, enhancing our relationships and interactions with others. By becoming our own greatest source of love and support, we break free from the chains of the wounded child within. Through this transformation, we embark on a path of genuine connection, fulfilment, and actualisation.

The Power of Forgiveness in Relationships:

"Forgiveness is the final form of love." - Reinhold Niebuhr

While forgiveness is essential for self-healing, it also plays a crucial role in our relationships with others. By practicing forgiveness, we create an environment of compassion, understanding, and growth.

It allows us to let go of grudges, release the pain of the past, and foster healthier connections. Remember, forgiveness does not mean forgetting or excusing harmful actions; rather, it is a conscious decision to move forward without carrying the burdens of the past. Through forgiveness, we open the doors to deep, meaningful connections and the possibility of nurturing love-filled relationships.

"Forgiveness is the ultimate form of healing, as it allows love to flow freely, mending what was broken and nurturing the soul."

The wounds we carry from our past need not define us. They are not permanent shackles, but rather opportunities for growth and transformation. In our journey of healing, forgiveness, and love, we possess the power to transcend our wounds and embrace a brighter future.

As we navigate this transformative path, let us remember the words of Rumi, who reminds us that seeking love is not about external validation, but rather about dismantling the barriers we have built within ourselves. Through introspection and self-awareness, we uncover the layers of protection we created and open ourselves to the possibility of receiving and giving love unconditionally.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s words echo the timeless truth that forgiveness is not a sporadic act but a permanent attitude. It is a lifelong commitment to release the chains of resentment and anger that hold us back. Through forgiveness, we reclaim our power, reclaim our freedom, and make room for healing and personal growth.

Lucille Ball's wisdom emphasizes the significance of self-love as the foundation for all other forms of love. When we love ourselves, we radiate positive energy and become beacons of love and acceptance. By embracing our wholeness, embracing our imperfections, and nurturing our well-being, we become capable of forging genuine connections with others, free from the insecurities and wounds of the past.

In our quest for healing, we must not overlook the power of forgiveness in our relationships. Reinhold Niebuhr's words remind us that forgiveness is the ultimate expression of love. It bridges the gaps between individuals, heals wounds, and allows relationships to thrive. By practicing forgiveness, we create space for compassion, empathy, and understanding, fostering deeper connections with those around us.

The wounds we carry from our youth or young adulthood do not have to define us. We have the power to heal, forgive, and love ourselves and others. Through self-reflection, therapy, and self-care, we embark on a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance.

As we break down the barriers within ourselves, we unleash our inner light and embrace the power of forgiveness, liberating ourselves from the chains of the past. By loving ourselves unconditionally, we radiate love and create space for meaningful connections with others.

Let us embark on this transformative journey, guided by the wisdom of those who have treaded this path before us, and find solace in knowing that healing, forgiveness, and love are within our reach.


Alrick has been in the advertising industry for the last 27 years. A CPA by trade, he is currently the COO of TBWA Singapore & Malaysia, and the Chief Pricing Officer for TBWA Asia. Alrick has been part of the transformation team and operationalising those outcomes with the companies that he has worked for. His interest lies in incorporating technology into businesses, B2B pricing, and coaching and mentoring start-ups and troubled businesses.

@The Brilliant Foundation

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