It does not take giant leapsof faith to go the extra mile. Sometimes it’s as simple as a smile. Or asking a stranger in an elevator, “How are you?” Sometimes it’s being that voice on the other end of the phone that helps soothe someone’s soul. Sometimes it’s just checking in on a neighbor. It’s as simple as holding someone’s hand or lending a patient ear. You can help transform someone by just being there.
Yes, it’s challenging at times to be there. It’s a commitment that will last as long as it takes a soul to heal, and a hurt soul needs different things at different times. However, the simple act of being there with someone, letting them “just be,” is often all it takes.
I started 2016 with new resolutions and high hopes. But that feeling was short-lived. You see, I fell in January and was badly injured. The accident was a shock to my body and my soul. Suddenly my life took an unexpected and chilling turn, and I felt like I was being coerced into trying to find a deeper understanding of what it means to be truly alive. To be more compassionate. To be more grateful. To be more humble. I was not able to participate in the world and perform simple day-to-day things. I learned that sometimes life takes you in a different direction and all you can do is be still. I became more appreciative of my life and my body. My faith was tested, as was my courage, which I had to muster on a daily basis.
As I continue to heal, I have realized who my true friends are. I am so deeply grateful for their support and grace in my life. It did not take leaps of faith for them to be there for me. They just showed up when I needed them. Others called me a ‘big baby’ and didn’t come to visit me once. If they had they would have truly seen my soul laid bare.
If you are going through a challenging time, don’t give up. I know that wretched feeling of anxiety and aloneness, when you feel like you have no one to lean on. Just know that you do. The people who are with you during those moments are looking out for you. I am so thankful for my little village that held me together when I didn’t have the courage to do it on my own. Especially, my sister Merle who quietly looked over me for six months.
You have the divine within you. Surrender, and when I say surrender, I mean give it all you’ve got and have faith. Your strength and courage will come from that source. Be patient. The sun always shines after a storm. You will find the strength to keep your resolutions and the courage to take new leaps of faith.
If you know someone who is hurting, go the extra mile and take a moment to show you care. You can make all the difference to someone in pain. You don’t have to be a movie star or a rich being to do extraordinary things.
The truly extraordinary exists in simplicity.