Have you ever gone through a time period when you feel like you’re completely surrounded by negativity?
I’m, personally, fine.
My life is fine.
I’m not saying my life is perfect …
We all know that isn’t (remotely) the case.
I’m as “fine” as I’m going to get though, considering my reality.
(Or is it realities?)
Lately, it feels like everyone I know is in some type of crisis.
Family members, friends, acquaintances, neighbors ….
Everybody seems to be going through a lot more BIG BAD STUFF than usual.
Pretty Flower Photo Titled: The Pain Fades With The Memories
One family member, plagued by an eating disorder for years, has becoming increasingly erratic in her behavior. She’s alienated more than one family member, her neighbors, her friends ….
We all sit by, helplessly, watching her self destruct.
Long term eating disorders affect a person’s entire body chemistry leading to mood swings, unreasonable anger, anxiety/mental disorders, erratic thinking, etc., etc.
Maybe some of you have gone through a struggle with an eating disorder yourself?
Or watched someone you care about have their life unravel as the result of one?
A few of my friends are going through divorces.
The situations vary, of course, but none of their situations are GOOD.
Raw, naked, emotional pain is a terrible thing to watch someone go through.
A few people I know are out of work, or so miserable in their jobs they wish they were.
One friend is going through a novel-worthy work-related nightmare.
Three families I know are in the midst of horrible financial crises. Two of them have lost their homes.
I know most people feel better if a friend just takes the time to be there and listen.
It sure seems like a lot of people I know are struggling right now.
I try to be supportive of the people who are in my life.
I feel like, if nothing else, my car accident (and its ongoing aftermath) has made me a very compassionate person.
I know pain.
I live with pain, every second of every day.
I know pain in a way very few people ever will.
I may not know your pain,
But I do feel for you.
I admit, though –
Having so many people surround me who are going through bad things (all at the same time) …
Well, it’s starting to affect me too.
I want some happy news.
I want to hear someone say they had a great day.
(And mean it!)
I want to see my friends, and the people I care about, smiling and excited about their lives.
Life is hard, I know that.
Oh, how I know it.
Someone out there must be happy though??
Maybe at least one of you?
Or have some GOOD news?
I think I’d like to hear some good news, if you have any to share.
Or maybe you have some tips on how not to absorb a lot of sad/negative emotion yourself while still being a good friend?