My dear, sweet friends,
As you know, I have been involved in a writing project. Each day the participants in the writing project are given a topic and a prompt to use as inspiration. On day fourteen we were to write a letter using a specific word. The prompt: “Pick the nearest book and flip to page 29. What’s the first word that jumps off the page? Use this word as your springboard to inspiration”.
After reading the prompt I turned from my computer screen and reached for the first book lying on my desk. The book I now held in my hand was a book I recently purchased entitled The Woman’s Book of Confidence by Sue Patton Thoele. The book is filled with wonderful meditations for strength and inspiration.
It has been on my desk for a while now and until this prompt came up I had not opened it. I did as suggested and opened it to page 29 and the first word that jumped off the page was solace.
I read the entire meditation entitled Finding a Hand Up When We Bottom Out and realized just how appropriate this particular meditation was for me.
The message of the day’s meditation was to have the courage to reach out for help in times of crises rather than suffer in isolation. I was taken aback as I read because this reading had so much meaning not only for me but a loved one who, at this point in her life, has fallen into the pit of mental illness.
When I first learned of her plight, I found myself inconsolable, crying at every thought of her or mention of her name; I was lost.
Days went by and slowly I found myself reaching out and talking to you, my wonderful and dear friends. I was not looking for answers or solutions and none were offered. Instead you all listened with open minds and hearts offering me instead solace and support. I am eternally grateful for your caring kindness.
I continue to be sad but am comforted knowing that I have so many people in my life that care for me and are willing to listen to me, hug me when I need it, and keep me in their prayers.
With so many prayers I know that I will have the strength to do whatever is necessary to help bring my loved one back to mental health.
I must finish now as I can no longer see the screen for the tears that are streaming down my face. But know, that I hold you all, my dear friends, in my heart.
PS–A few days after absorbing this wonderful meditation, I sent a copy to my loved one in hopes that, she too, will read and heed its message. I pray that she will gain the confidence to reach out for a hand up and take solace in the knowledge that she can count on the support of those who love her.
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