Got a call this morning from a friend. Their family was in the middle of one of those situations where you are grasping for straws.
Just so happened, I’d walked through something very similar 10 years ago.
We talked for 5 minutes, I mostly listened…
When it seemed appropriate, I shared just enough of my story to let her know I got it….I put into words some of the confusion she was feeling. By the end of our conversation, I heard just a glimmer of hope in her voice.
I called her tonight just to check on her. Still not out of the woods, but at a better place than this morning.
Dawned on me tonight, that is the main reason I keep this blog.
CS Lewis wrote: ...”I read to know I am not alone.”
Well, I write to let you know you are not alone.
Real life is full of ups and downs, highlights and low lights….if I am to believe social media, then many people’s lives are one big success story….and we both know that is not true. Life is a mixed bag. Currently things in my life are on an even keel…and I like it that way. If a person dropped into my life for the first time right now, they’d never guess some of the stuff I’ve wrestled with and won.
Friend of mine joined a grief support group a few years ago after loosing one of her children. One of the older women in the group had buried a husband and two children. When she spoke, (the older woman) she spoke with insight forged on the anvil of life. She said she had credentials. She wasn’t just spouting theory.
That pretty much sums up where I am coming from.
If you dig a little deeper on this blog, there is some darker stuff as well, and I’ve put it there intentionally.
Yes, I’ve been known to write about refinishing a claw foot tub, tending an apple orchard, or dealing with a testy neighbor…. At the end of the day, my main intention is to share my ordinary life with anyone who cares to follow along. I work real hard at not spouting trite platitudes…
I hate them.
Two days ago, a friend shared with me in confidence something he had been thinking. I told him, I’d had similar things go through my head before..
“No way! Really?”
Oh yea. 🙂
That is the long and short of it.
Gonna leave you with a song…make sure you turn up the volume. 😉