I originally posted this in February. Today it is more relevant than ever. If you need help you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). If you don’t want to talk you can text CONNECT to 741741
There is always someone in every friendship who is the one that everyone goes to for advice. The one that always seems to have it together. The one that is always happy. The one that always has a word of encouragement when you are feeling down.
The STRONG one.
We all know that person.
You might be that person
There is nothing wrong with being that person
Where would we be without that person?
But I ask the question………. Where does this person go for encouragement? Who do they turn to when they are down? Who helps to lift their spirits?
Here’s a transparent moment.. at the beginning of November 2017, I had a week where I was just not myself. It was hard for me to find anything to smile about and mean it. I smiled but it was not genuine. I was feeling very overwhelmed by life. I didn’t reach out to anyone to talk about it. I felt like I had to deal with it on my own. I didn’t feel like anyone wanted to listen and I also felt a little guilty about feeling the way that I was feeling. My life is truly blessed & I am grateful for it. There are people praying for this kind of life. It’s not lavish by any means but I know that it could be a whole lot worse. I gave myself a week to get it together and if I was still feeling the same way I was going to reach out to someone. We must recognize when we need help and not be afraid to ask for it. By the end of the week I was feeling like my old self. The pity party was over.
I’m sharing this because NO ONE around me knew what I was going through. No one knew how I was feeling. We never know what people are going through. We never know what burdens they carry. We sometimes forget that even the strong need help.
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I encourage you to reach out to your friends and check on them, especially the strong ones. They might not open up on the first call or text but for them to know that someone is thinking about them and that someone cares can be the lift that they need.
Beewisdom- Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love- Brené Brown