11.27.2007

Never Alone

Even though I listen to other people's problems for a living, sometimes it's hard to remember that my challenges are not unique. No matter what you are going through, you can bet that someone else knows exactly how you feel. I suppose the hard part is finding that person or people who understand completely. And having the strength to reach out and ask for assistance.

Don't worry MIL - I am not having any specific problem. I was just thinking about this as I was sitting in reflection yesterday. Really, I am severely blessed in my life. My "traumas" thus far have been fairly minor. I have a fantastic family and many wonderful friends.

This subject reminds me of a client I had a while back. She had panic attacks and experienced one while home alone. Since there was no one there to talk her down, she went and knocked on a neighbor's door - a neighbor that she had only exchanged a few "hello"s with. Not only did the neighbor take her in, they related their own experiences with anxiety to her. She left feeling closer to that person and reassured that she wasn't crazy.

So if you're reading this and also going through something unpleasant - remember to reach out. I guarantee you there's someone out there who has been in your shoes and would love to help you out.

6 comments:

cjh said...

What a nice neighbor...I'm relieved for the woman with the panic attack.

Also, glad to know you're not currently in some sort of crisis.

Reggie said...

I need the number of that neighbor. Everytime I reach out to someone, a husband gets jealous. :)

latt├ęgirl said...

It's worthwhile reminding ourselves that our problems are not unique. In fact, sometimes it's downright scary to find how humans tend to experience the same things...

creechmark said...

Ace, if you were ever to be an historic figure, who would it be?

StaceyG said...

Creech,

I'd have to say someone who was really spiritually enlightened - like Jesus or Buddha.

You?

creechmark said...

I'd have to preserve my comparatively unenlightened soul and say, historically, I would have been F. Scott Fitzgerald. You see, he wrote well and drank a lot, dated flappers. I'm still waiting for that style to come back while I'm still young enough to enjoy them, err, it.