Sometimes 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 daisiesandbruises.com?”
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. ♥