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I had a completely different post set for today that was not at all serious.  Today doesn’t seem like the appropriate day to post it though.

Yesterday a friend texted me, saying that she was really struggling.  Basic off day that we all experience, where the world feels like it is against you.  Kids, job, marriage, appearance, etc. She told me she felt horrible complaining because they were minor things and life could be worse.  She knows people who are having a much more difficult and trying time in their lives, that she shouldn’t complain, it could be worse.  All I could say to her was that yes, while she is correct, there are more worse case scenarios, your problems and feelings are still real, if you need to vent you should.

Last night I couldn’t sleep.  If I got an hours worth of sleep total, I would be amazed.  The past couple of weeks I feel like most of my friends have mentioned some pretty big life struggles to me.  As I laid in bed, I started saying silent prayers for them and realized the list was just growing.  My friends are not all going through small things right now, some are huge, and in that moment I felt overwhelmed.  The feeling of not knowing how to help is scary.  I’m a fixer.  I want to do something, anything and when there is nothing to do…..well, it sucks.

Small or huge we all have struggles, tough life choices, paths that we are sent down for unknown reasons and things that happen beyond our control.  If you are that person right now, small or large, I wish you hope.  I wish you friendship from someone who can listen to you, support you, be a shoulder to cry on and laugh with.  I wish to you faith, even when you are screaming to God.  I wish to you the ability to find a way to breathe in and out each day.  I hope you can find the positive in each day even if it is small and the good in people when it seems there is none.  I wish that you would understand the strength you are capable of having to get through to the end of whatever life is dishing out to you.

The world can be a pretty lonely place sometimes and I am grateful for the friendships that I have made, some from the oddest places, that have helped picked me up at my worst times.  If you know someone today that maybe just needs an extra high five, smile, or prayer, please do that.  Something is better than nothing and sometimes just knowing that someone is out there and they care, well, it can make a difference.