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Just Clearing Something Up

Here's a thing I've been thinking I should mention. A number of you have been experiencing moderate to serious crises in your lives, as we humans do. You've had conflicts with family members, or you have family members who are very ill, or you have recently lost someone. I wrestle with how to respond to this information, because there is a general belief among a lot of "us" that it's shallow and meaningless to make the "anything I can do to help" offer, especially when one hasn't had much recent contact with the person in crisis. At the same time, I do sincerely feel a desire to offer support, and I end up struggling with the issue.

Generally, I conclude that it's better to keep my mouth (keyboard?) shut, and just stand by. I do regret that so many of "us" have had such negative experiences that an "anything I can do to help" email or phone call is met with such cynicism. It is my sincerest hope that you folks know I will do anything I can to help. You do know that, right?

If you don’t, then here it is: you folks who know me in RL are dear to me, and if you are having a hard time, and it's in my power to assist or comfort in any way, I will do it gladly. Cooking meals for you, watching pets while you're out of town, an evening of herbal tea and DVDs, some massage, or just an ear. If I can possibly carve out the time and energy, it's my pleasure to help. In perpetuity.

Please refer back to this post the next time you are in crisis. Thank you.


Sep. 6th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
For the record (as well), I genuinely appreciate it when my friends offer to help or to listen or to just be there if I need them, and it truly does mean the world to me to know that I'm loved and cared for, even if it's not the right time for me to reach out or ask for help. Knowing that the help is THERE if I need it is sometimes all I need.

**hugs to you**

-- A <3
Sep. 8th, 2007 12:05 am (UTC)
Hugs to you too, hon. Thanks for weighing in on this. You are, of course, one of the people I was wondering whether I should offer hugs to. I didn'[t want to seem like I was making an empty gesture.

So ****HUGS****!!!! You've been in my thoughts. Hope you and yours are holding up, and healing well.



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