The other evening a friend called to share some news. After talking for a while, I apologized that I didn't have any great words of wisdom or could say anything to make her feel better. The words of comfort weren't coming at all.
When I got off the phone I had went and sat on the edge of my bed. I wasn't certain if I was angry or I just wanted to curl up under the blankets and bawl. I had no words to help. I wasn't the one dealing with everything that had gone on either but I felt utterly helpless.
I had gone along most of that day thinking "no news was good news". Boy did I have that wrong. As I sat there contemplating, being angry and so incredibly sad, it was mind and heart numbing. I was angry that so many challenges had been thrown at this friend and her family in the last year. I was sad also because no one should have to have that much dumped on their hearts in a lifetime let alone the last year. While I will not share the details, lets just say that even if I were to put all of it down, most people would have a difficult time taking it in.
I wanted so badly to help but how? I had contemplated for awhile and then this morning, I had one of those aha moments, when the inner voice says, you have the words, use them.
I need your help. If you read my blog and I know there are those that do, I am asking for the following.
Please post something positive that I can give to my friend. My initial thought was asking for folks to post their towns and I would put stickers on a map as a visual for my friend to see that there are good folks out there that will say a positive word or prayer. I want to believe there is a goodness in all of us. (Yes, that is my Pollyanna a moment.)
The more I thought about it and contemplated, maybe there is a book or a poem that would help. Perhaps there is prayer you say everyday that gives you courage. Here is your chance to help me help encourage my friend so she can continue to find the inner strength to face the challenges.
While the following should be a given, I feel I have to ask as politely as possible not to post any site or links which try to sell anything.
Thank you all so much for taking the time to log on to the have a positive posting! I will share these with my friend through her recovery period. I know there are helpful words and I know there are folks who will help me share those helpful words.