So it’s been a minute since I’ve written a blog entry. I’ve not felt like I had anything to say. But alas I feel a little stirrings worth sharing. About a year ago I experience a rock bottom in my own life. I didn’t lose my job. I didn’t lose my hair. I didn’t lose a person I love. But even still sometimes we fall and I fell hard. More or less I decided to give up on some things in my life but my partner would not let me. It was at an emotionally weak point and perhaps I not as capable of making a sound decision. And she gently encouraged me to not quit.
So the last year has been a gradual process of climbing from the valley. With encouragement I decided to make the arduous process of dealing with all that that had happened and slowly trying to repair my life. It has been about a year and I now know I am no longer in the valley. Slowly things on my to do list are getting done. With each accomplishment I feel a little bit stronger. I have so far to go says my critical voice but I am well on my way says my affirming voice. And I received a lot of encouragement from my partner on the way.
Life is a series of ups and downs for most of us. Sometimes life is harder for others based on their mental maps. We all get to experience some not so pleasant feelings. And how do we cope? What do we do? Where do we look? And what’s our plan? And what do you do when you try and it seems like you get socked again and again? I say this because I work with people who also landed in the valley but for whom recovering is a lot harder.
Encouragement goes a long way. A flower blooms. A child smiles. A man sticks his chest out. A woman weathers the storm. A person is made to feel special. One feels less alone. It’s contagious and it gets shared like most other feelings. It pushes the clouds back. It gives you the added strength to push through. It’s small stuff. It’s free. And it’s so easy to do. And yet the world is in need of so much more. And I know for a season that though I’m still climbing, encouragement made all the difference in the world.