Dec. 25/16…For What It’s Worth….

Dear Wonderfuls,

It goes without saying that I wish those who are celebrating Christmas happy tidings….but, with all due respect, this message is not for you. I want to say a little something to support those who are braving a season that can compound challenges, exponentially. I am not in your shoes, but everyone knows what pain feels like–so, I wish there was another way for you to make it through to the other side. And, I also know that you are meant to come to a future time and place where there is a peace and love and joy that others will not experience…for, whatever the reason, you have been destined for burdens and blessings beyond the generic ones that are part and parcel of living. Please try to hang on to the faith, the belief, that “this, too, shall pass”. Perhaps you don’t even want to hear this right now, but your happiness is still to come…you are not doomed to suffer for the rest of your days….laughter, joy, peace, wonder, and security is your birthright…you have not been forgotten. Continue to breathe in and breathe out…everything will follow from there. You have not been forgotten and you are not alone. Love, Truly

God bless each and every one of you and your loves….

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48 thoughts on “Dec. 25/16…For What It’s Worth….

  1. We have synergy in message Truly…but, since this is your blog and you say have faith in things getting better…then…if they don’t, I know where to come for an emotional refund πŸ˜‡

    Obviously you know I’m joking on the last bit…although I do write horror, so…maybe I’m not!

    But that aside, your post has very similar to my own beliefs in recognising that other people and places in the world are far less fortunate than us. We should never be so arrogant as to think otherwise and always spare thoughts for those these less well off. Fortune can disappear with no warning at all. We should be grateful for what we have and the people we still have around us. Not wait until they are gone before thinking we should have done more while they were still here.

    You are a true empathic soul my friend 🌹

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      1. Sadly it is, any homeless person will tell you the fall from grace can happen very quickly and often out of the blue. It’s why those genuine people (by which I mean true homeless, as opposed to the (insert expletive) people who scam that they are) always deserve a kindness…not necessarily monetary direct, but a coffee on a cold day, some food or even a few words. Not just homeless either….the other bugbear is how people treat the elderly in general…we all get there in the end so remember. If you aren’t kind on the road there, why should anyone care when you arrive.

        I think I am getting more and more reflective!

        Great song too 😊

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      2. Reflexivity/reflection is so inspiring…and, yes, it is a dark side of human nature that propels people to punish the vulnerable….you are so committed to kindness, and that is such an admirable and appreciated trait, my friend :).

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      3. I try Truly, it takes a lot of mindfulness to stay on track. Especially when the mind drips in the wrong direction…which it does at times. Still, next year I hope will continue the journey in the right direction 😊

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      4. Very perceptive, that’s where being mindful come in. It’s very easy to dwell on the wrong things and lose sight of the positive outcomes. That’s been my albatross with the book I sent you !!!

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      5. I’ve heard very famous actors say (in interviews) that they can’t stand to watch themselves on screen…perhaps that is why you can’t see how awesome your writing is…and, perhaps on some level, it’s fear of success, and of losing it someday (?) that makes us easily see the talent of others, while being so insecure about our own…

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      6. Success brings its own challenges and new pressures to maintain it. I already know how it feels to reach a pinnacle and fall off. That, though, was by choice and a situation that was intolerable. I don’t see my writing changing yet though. Ideas are not in short supply. What I have to work harder on is scheduling time to do it and not drifting through days wishing I could. I am returning to The Bequest in January. The aim is to finish the first draft then and see if beta readers will pop forwards to give me an opinion on its merit. Once that draft is dinne then publishing Rose must given serious thought. My personal fears are the unknown ones. In this case it’s how or where to publish. Those unknowns are where my anxiety rises. I feel certain once I know the path and have travelled it once then things will move more easily. Does that make sense?

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  2. Thank you for this. This is what I really need right now. I don’t know but this holiday season I just feel sad. I have no idea why I’m having this down moment. Anyway, I know this too shall pass. Thank you so much for sharing. Merry Christmas. πŸ˜€

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      1. Aww what a lovely thing to say. You’re pretty amazing too!:)
        I didn’t think that I was the ONLY one who enjoyed wordplay (you’ll see that quite a lot in my posts) but it’s truly wonderful to discover a shameless punner (not sure if that’s an authentic word – just coined it!):)))

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      2. Shameless punner….I love it….funny thing is, I use puns to speak to the aspects of myself and experiences that have brought me shame and/or humiliation, a sense of alienation etc in the past and I am still working through some of that… πŸ™‚

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      3. Wow!!! We really are connected. I am, unknown to myself, speaking your truth. That’s quite something!
        I find that many people with ‘issues’ (myself included here) find a way to heal/manage those apects of mental health by being very creative. My poetry came about (maybe it was just dormant, who knows?) when I started seriously trying to process trauma from my past. I noticed I got a skill/talent, call you it what you will, for wordplay, and that may be one of the reasons we connected.:)
        I hope that the things you are working through get you to a safe and comfortable place in your mind. Well all over really, but it starts in the mind. Wouldn’t you agree?

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      4. Again, we are on the same page…in seeking to find peace of mind and joy and a sense of belonging, I found solace in reading…and, then I stumbled upon my gift for writing….it really surprised me when the wordplay piece was added….I knew I had a knack for writing long before I discovered my ability to incorporate wordplay….it just goes to show that the path to healing takes each of us its own unique directions…but, our paths intersect and it makes up for the lonely miles when we have (and will) walk alone. I am about to write a brief post (no puns intended) and our conversation is the catalyst so I am going to include you in it so people can come and find you and be better for it πŸ™‚

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      5. I’m blown away by just how much ‘connected’ we are. I truly believe that suffering and creativity are connected. I have this conversation regularly with a dear friend who too has had a traumatic time, she is an aspiring art therapist, and we talk about great artists and musicians who when we research their background, we find that there was much trauma and suffering associated with their early lives, to name Van Gogh for one.
        I’m flattered that your upcoming post is in some way inspired by our connection. Shattered in Him is another blogging buddy (excuse the term, can’t think of a better one at the moment), who I have inspired, so it makes me really happy that we have all met up on your blog.
        Thank you for ‘plugging’ me Truly! πŸ™‚

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    1. I so agree with you Shattered In Him. What a truly(!) great and inspired post this is. And Christmas/Holiday Season ought to be a time for thinking about others less fortunate, not only in terms of monetary aspirations but also on an emotional and mental health level too. So many of us feel lost, alone, desperate, in need of love and companionship and just someone to acknowledge that we do matter and we are loved and things can and will get better. I feel I am living proof of this (and I know many, many will concur) and I hope this gives others hope too. Thank you Truly for giving me the inspiration to write this.

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  3. … and I came here in need of a good pun and I feel really cheated now, Truly! Where’s the puns (zel, Ra(pun)zel let down your hair), I feel so let down!!! I know this is a serious post, so please forgive me for injecting a little humour. Call this humour? *you say*. hahaha

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      1. I saw that. And no shame on you for plugging your own posts. hahaha That’s a longer post and I need to allocate time to read it and digest it fully. I love your puns/wordplay, but I need to concentrate when I’m reading them. No reflection on you whatsoever, I just find some of them a little complex sometimes and need to read and re-read, although as you say they just trip off the tongue for you. Perhaps that’s why you’re a teacher and I’m not! πŸ™‚

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      2. Bless your heart….I am soooo flattered that you would take/make the time to read my complex ramblings….and just so you know, I think everyone who reads them has to re-read (they tell me so)….and, it has nothing to do with intelligence–one of the readers is a medical doctor and he has generously commented that he would take much more time than I ever would to write the way I do….and he tells me he doesn’t have the intelligence to write the way I do….secondly, although, in my youngest years I wanted to be a teacher, I am actually a social worker who is a mental health clinician on a Child&Youth team (fancy title for therapist) πŸ™‚

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      3. OK. Sorry about turning you into a teacher.:) Wow, but fancy me being on the right path about mental health?!
        That’s quite a loaded career – I admire your vocation and your stamina to do this. it must be both taxing (well yes, the Government needs its share, I guess) and so rewarding. πŸ™‚

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      4. It is taxing, indeed….but the rewards far outweigh the sad parts….the children and teens I work with are amazing….and, it makes me happy to know that they are being helped at a young age…rather than having to navigate all by themselves…so many are misunderstood by virtue of being old souls who are wise and sensitive beyond their years…

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      5. I’m thinking you are just the person the two of us (and others!) could’ve done with when we were our younger selves. I wrote a ‘letter to my 14 year old self’ – the one I was telling you about that resonated with Shattered In Him, which in turn led her to write a letter to her younger self which was incredibly compelling. I won’t plug it by sending you a link πŸ™‚ :), but I just wanted you to know that you’re doing great work and thank goodness for people like you.
        In case we don’t ‘speak’ again before Sunday, I wish you the most wonderful and peaceful New Year with much healing and creativity and don’t forget the puns!!!!! :))

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      6. having recently connected with Shattered In Him, we have an instant connection as well…that knowing that you are really meant to share with that someone–and have them share with you. I’ve just posted the post you inspired (no puns) and I copied and pasted your URL…I hope that allows for others to click on it and come to you….if not, I will figure it out somehow πŸ™‚ Thank you for your kind words and encouragement…I think you can imagine how much it means….Happy New Year, my friend πŸ™‚

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  4. Dr J-Dub recommends, change celebrating Christmas to living your day to day life. Re-post daily for inspiration to all who are struggling. Doing so might just save a life!

    I’ve been known as a QUEEN, drama πŸ‘ΈπŸ». In this case, I’m just not be overly dramatic. I’m keeping it real. Too many suffer in silence.

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