The Grinch Can’t Steal Our Hope

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Between the words of encouragement, to donations, to love pouring out at me from all angles since my last post, I feel like you have cushioned my fall. I still feel downright awful, but I am not alone because you are here. We are in this together.

What we have here is stronger than depression. It is stronger than loss. It is stronger than the minds of those who connive to pull the rugs out from beneath our feet, with the hopes that we’ll join them at the bottom, where cruelty and hopelessness thrive. They can try to keep us down, but they can’t keep us there.

Someone stole my laptop, my work, my art, my music, my photos, a piece of my soul, but they couldn’t take my heart. They may have put a crack in this beating entity in my ribcage, but they can’t extinguish its essence.

At the end of Dr. Seuss’s “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” the Grinch, as narrator, stands dressed as Santa and peers at his dog as he contemplates how he could not steal Christmas, despite stealing all the presents.

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” 

The person who broke into my apartment and stole my belongings, they can’t knock me down. They can’t steal the magic of this blog, no matter how hard they try. Because you can’t steal love. You have to create it, earn it, participate in it, and nourish it.

It will still be some time before I have my blog posts at the calibre they were at before the break in and the loss of my sweet dog Milo, but formatting and photos and other flashy things aside, I think we – you and I, as a team – have come out stronger.

Every event in our lives, no matter how horrible, has effects on us that we cannot predict. These effects come in thousands of ways. Some are good effects – daisies – and some are bad – bruises – and some are in between the two. It’s the grey area in between the good and bad where magic happens.

It feels like the whole world is experiencing a crisis at the moment. There are a lot of horrible things in the news that are hurting us all.

I want you to remember this: we may feel like we’re breaking, we may crack, we may fall, but these horrible events will not break us in an irreparable way. Not if we have the smallest inkling of hope. If we have a teensy tiny inkling of hope and we hold onto it, it will grow stronger. We will grow stronger. We will get through this.

I need you to get through this with me, because I love you and you make me stronger. You are my inkling of hope. When life is dark, I hope I can shine hope back at you, and together we’ll light each other’s way.


Love Erin



ErinThe Grinch Can’t Steal Our Hope

14 Comments on “The Grinch Can’t Steal Our Hope”

  1. Donovan

    I’m so glad that comments made by both myself and others were able to help you through such a difficult time. I’ve only just began my own blog and started to read others, but I can tell that you have been making a real difference in the world. We’ve never met, but that didn’t stop you from helping me and giving me faith that I could get better. My website only has a few articles on depression so far, and I hope that one day soon I’ll be helping as many people as you do. Keep fighting, for all of us.

  2. George Daniels

    Dear Erin,

    I am so sorry for the loss of your dog and your belongings, especially the computer and back up drive. I can’t imagine what that feels like. Hope your friends can help and support you.

    Best wishes,


  3. Jodi Hausen

    You said it, sister!

    And so did John Lennon: “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” You make the world a better place, Erin. Hugs and love back at you.

  4. Kinnery

    you’re my light, erin! i was just getting lost in a pit of despair while reading the news, and then i checked my email and saw that you had posted, and you’ve managed to comfort my sorrows and worries in the way that only you can. i’m so excited to see you soon <3

  5. suspishfishy

    Sorry about your dog..but you’re right people will and have tried to take the rug from beneath me, but this blog has helped me so much! Thanks again!

  6. Stewart

    Another friend of mine was broken into the night before last, while she was in the house with her cats and dogs. These things all happen to such lovely people.

    I relate to how you are dealing with this; feeling free and brave to express your pain and to ask for support. But you are also dealing with it in a practical way.

    Yes, we are all here for you and now I have connected with you, I shall always be here for you. Much love and understanding to you xo

  7. Linda

    Thank you Erin. This is my first time reading a blog about depression and I am so glad I found you. I have had a hellish week of depression and despair and I keep forgetting that I’m not in this alone. Thank you for writing!!!!!

  8. Penolope

    Hi Erin, I’m so sorry for the loss of your dog. I’ve found your blog today and read most of it. I’ve been struggling with depression for 10 years now but I’m happy to see that I’m not alone and we can get through.
    Love, Penelope.

  9. Sarah

    You are in my prayers, Erin. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I am better for knowing you through this blog – and now I offer you my thoughts and prayers as you’re recovering from two devastating events.
    Sarah Bishop

  10. chele

    I’m sorry for the loss of your beloved dog. Pets truly are family. I’m also sorry your belongings were stolen. I so admire your positive outlook and refusal to let it get the best of you. Best wishes to you.

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  12. G


    The post I just wrote was my first. Did you lose your dog? I can only imagine how much that hurt and I am so so sorry. Sending love and caring to you.


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