You Matter and There is hope

ErinThe Big Picture, Uncategorized9 Comments

I leave my blog business card and buttons with strangers who I connect with and see their painSometimes I cross paths with another person when I’m out in the world, and they make an impression on me. For a fleeting instant, I see something in their eyes or their actions that tells me that they are in pain. It often happens on the days that I’m feeling a lot of pain.

I never know the stranger’s circumstance, or if I’m merely projecting my pain onto them, so I don’t say very much. Their struggles are none of my business.

Yet I have to do something, anything, because the act of trying to help others gives me hope for this planet. It eases the grand sense of hopelessness I feel around me.

So I do what I can. I hand them my blog business card as we pass each other; I leave a Daisies and Bruises button on a countertop where I know they’ll see it. And then I leave.

I never know what becomes of these people, if my small gesture was received well or tossed in the garbage. I hope that it makes a small difference, enough for them to ask themselves, “What’s”

They may only see my site for a moment and then click away. Or they just might read this blog post.

And if you are reading this blog post because of our chance encounter together, thank you for coming this far. I noticed your pain and wanted to just tell you that you matter. That even though this world is cold and cruel, I promise you that there are people out there who notice you with kindness in their hearts.

I pass no judgement. You are where you are at this point in time for a reason. For a million reasons.

Just know that you aren’t alone. I know pain and I live with it. I’ve also lived through it. The ground I walk gets firmer every day I walk this path. I’m healing, slowly and surely. There is hope. Keep going. ♥

ErinYou Matter and There is hope

9 Comments on “You Matter and There is hope”

  1. Jan

    Hi Erin, I came across your site when I was having a hard time when my therapist was away during the holidays Your site popped up during an internet search. That was several years ago and I have been a fan ever since. Thank you for all your help and hard work . I am always glad to see your name in my email inbox. Peace and Blessings to you, Jan

  2. Hayley

    Hi Erin
    I came across your blog this past week in my social media psychology class. My professor wanted us to do an analysis between two blogs about depression, and he gave us yours to compare with another. I was really impressed by the presentation of your blog. Your story section is what really made me relate, as well as the inspiration. Both quotes from Prozac Nation are two of my favorites.
    Anyway, I just wanted to say that your blog is beautiful and so are you.
    Keep blogging and smiling.

    Much love <3

    1. Erin

      Hi Hayley,
      Whoa, my blog was featured in your social media psychology class?! What a compliment! Thank you so much for your compliments. Yay! Take care!
      <3 Erin

  3. Rhonda

    Hello again Erin,

    I’ve finally done it! My blog is live! I’ve been in an intensive therapy program for the last 11 weeks and things are looking up. I’m certainly not quite where I want to be, but I’ve recently started working again and starting to feel more like myself everyday. I remember you asking to let you know when I got my blog going, so here it is:

    I’m so proud of my first two posts and feel inspired and accountable to something again.

    Big hugs coming at you!
    Rhonda xo

    1. Erin

      Hi Rhonda!
      Wow, yay!! I’m so glad to hear you’ve started a blog and that you’ve shared it with me! “The Hope Ladder” is such a fabulous name, too, by the way. It sounds like a book title! A lot of people have been asking me about blogging lately and I hope to write a post soon on how I got started. It would be a great networking post too! You rock so much. :D
      Take care!
      <3 Erin

      1. Rhonda

        Hi Erin!

        A networking post? I’m not entirely sure what you mean by that, but I would definitely be interested in some sort of collaborative effort!

        I hope you enjoy what you read on my blog – any feedback would be welcome!


        1. Erin

          I’m thinking of writing a post where people can comment underneath with links to all their online awesomeness! That’s what I mean by “networking post.” :)

          1. Rhonda

            Re: networking post

            I’m in! I’ll keep my eyes peeled. Even thinkin about what my next topic is going to be is lifting my spirits! Xo

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