I was fortunate, during my darkest days, that to have someone carry a message of hope to me. It didn’t come as a big proclamation but as a simple retelling of someone’s journey. The message within that story resonated with me as I related to what that person’s life had been like before he sought help, and because he shared with me where he had come from, I knew I could trust him to share my truth about where I was. That message of hope is what gave me the courage to reach out for help and what began my journey on the path I am on now.
It is important that we share our stories with those who may need to hear them, who may need to hear the hope in our journey to carry them to a safer place or to a place that may help them. Now, more than ever, our beacons of hope need to shine bright as we may be isolated from loved ones and from the lives we once enjoyed. Many of us suffer in silence not wanting to bother anyone else or out of shame for feeling the way we do, and when we don’t reach out to those who may be feeling alone, we lose many to the darkness who never found their voice to reach out for help. I believe that is why we are all here, to help one another, to walk these roads together. I know from my journey that I have not done it alone, and couldn’t, I tried for years, failing every day to live a better life, only finding more heartache and despair, but when I’ve had support around me, the power of a group of people, I have been able to do miraculous things.
There is strength in numbers, and many can do much more than one. It is still up to us to do the individual work, but it helps when we are able to share our progress with others as they share theirs with us. I have learned to ask for help, and have learned that it is OK to do so, and when I do, I have learned, that it not only helps me but it helps the other person as well, because we are all connected by a common thread, the human experience, the challenges we may have, the issues we may try to overcome and the search for discovering our best selves. Our purpose is often found while we are helping others, life seems to reveal things to us when we’re looking the other way.
During these challenging times it has been important to me to slow down, to keep things simple, and to focus on those interests, projects and people who bring me joy, while letting go ofall the rest. It is important to give back, to share with others and to let someone else no it’s OK to be exactly where they are. It’s a little more difficult to smile these days when we’re covering our faces, so it takes a little extra effort to share some kindness or care, but when we do, even if it’s just for a moment, a connection is made, and for both people involved, a moment of not feeling so alone, even with our covered faces.
Offer your message of hope to someone who may need to hear it today, it may also be a message you need to hear as well. SLAY on!
SLAY OF THE DAY: Do carry a message of hope by sharing your truth and your story? How have you done that? What has been the result? If you don’t, why don’t you? Has someone carried a message of hope to you? How did that make you feel? How did that message help you? Did it spark some course of action to make a positive change in your life? How so? Wouldn’t you like to spark that change in someone else? How can you be more active in doing that? We are all in this together, no matter where we are from, where we are now, or where we want to go, we are all connected by our common experiences, our hopes, fears, struggles and victories. Let’s walk together.
S – self L – love A – appreciate Y – you