Tuesday, June 19, 2012
This week I’ve been thinking about the important things in life. A lot of these things have combined in my world recently in thought-provoking ways, and from it all, I’ve seen the importance of just being there for people.
My entire life I have seemed to be the person that friends, family and even complete strangers open up to for guidance and support.
Whether it’s taking the time to really listen, answering a chat or email, a quick phone call or sending a thoughtful text, you can be there for someone and truly make a difference in their day; possibly even giving them the strength to get through their ordeal. So often people will not ask for help, they might even "shut down" and become distant, but that doesn't mean you stop being there for them.
I have always been the type of person that tends to deal with my issues (Thankfully there aren't many) on my own. I have the uncanny ability to put on a happy face and simply work things. However, there are times when even I need to turn to someone for a sympathetic ear.
I keep thinking back to a recent conversation with my BFF. I was thanking him for ALWAYS being there for me no matter what. I started thinking about those that are not as fortunate as I am to have people in their lives that they can really turn to to vent, cry, laugh and everything in between with.
Do you realize how much a smile, a kind word, a few moments of acknowledgement can mean to a person?
George Eliot once said, “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?” How often do you thank those people who are there for you, and how often do you step out of your world to be there for someone else?