Thursday, October 18, 2012
It Starts with You
Have you guys ever read the blog Momastery?
It's one of my regular reads. I'm not a junkie but I do like to check in every once and a while and see what good Glennon is doing in the world. If you haven't read her bio, do it here... You'll be AMAZED.
Anyway, last night when I hopped on the computer to write this mornings post, I decided to pop over to Momastery and see what's happening in her life. I was devastated at what my eyes began to read. Processing her words my heart pumped fast, my stomach churned resolutely, and my hands began to tremble. A very familiar feeling overcame my body and I sat at my table, my wrists resting on the keyboard, and I cried.
I can relate to the exact feelings she describes and because we are all sisters in the same battle, we also share the same wounds- emotionally and physically- making us even more compassionate and concerned for others; even if our trials may differ from one another.
Instead of blogging what I initially had planned last night, I spent my allotted computer time writing a lengthy email to Glennon. I'm not sure if she'll even have a minute to read my words (she is one of the most popular bloggers, after all) or if my words would mean anything, but I couldn't not share some things with a fellow sister in need. I had to write her and tell her that it was going to be okay... that she was going to be okay... that even though it feels like this hell is a permanent new fixture in her life, it's not.
I encouraged her to become a Pioneer Woman and expressed the truthfulness and reality of hope- especially as she begins this new unfamiliar trek she is about to embark on. After I finished the email, my eyes were watery and my stomach was still in knots, but I cannot deny that there was an intense feeling of gratitude in my heart- knowing that all things are possible and that recovery is real for each and everyone of us.
So, whoever is reading this out there today, please know that whatever you are experiencing in your personal life right now, remember that you can do hard things and that you will be okay. YOU WILL BE OKAY.
No one is exempt from trials... even the people we assume have it all together, have something. And my heart not only feels extremely heavy for Glennon tonight, there are many other women out there whom I know are suffering the same pain and confusion and sadness.
That being said...
Do you know someone who is struggling? Do you know someone who you *think* might be struggling? Do you know someone coping with the loss of a loved one? A death of a marriage? A brutally draining divorce? A lack of self esteem? A troubling time at work? A health complication? A difficult break up? Depression? Loneliness?
I know a few people (if not more) per every single item I just listed and I am certain you do too.
Today, I have a challenge for you!
Reach out to someone you think could use it- even if it's in the smallest of ways: a simple email, a batch of cookies, a text, a phone call, an act of service, or even a note in the mail. Whatever you choose to do, extend your hand, offering your heart and compassion. There are so many women, SO CLOSE TO YOU, in need of your LOVE... and a little bit or recognition and support can go farther than you could ever even think!
Sending my love to you all this morning. To those struggling, I am rooting for you and I keep you in my thoughts and prayers. To those happy and healthy in this moment, I am rooting for you, too, and I ask that you take that positivity and use it to rally around and help cheer those who may be in dire need of a loving friend.
It starts with no one else but YOU.
Girl power is special and it really does rule!