Saving the usual PR and social media posts for another day. Some people in my life have had some setbacks and when it hits home, I have to take a pause.
What can I do?
What do I say to someone with a broken heart?
How do I help someone realize their dreams while overcoming their professional challenges?
Is there something I can do to take the load off of friends feeling overwhelmed, lost, betrayed?
Are there any words of comfort for a friend when someone they love has died from a senseless tragedy?
What can I do?
I don’t know. I want to stop what I’m doing and rush to others aid, but once I get there have nothing more than a hug to offer.
I don’t know. I can’t make decisions for them or take away the hurt.
I don’t know. And it occurs to me how much I have said “I” when it’s not me, but thinking of them.
What I can do.
Make the time for their calls. Listen.
Take time for their email. Read, reply.
Take time for their updates and messages. Read, reply, share if it will help.
Share my time for their problems and make time to help.
I’ve been a vicarious counselor once-removed helping out a ‘helper’ friend. I’ve jumped in the deep end, sharing lots of business advice. I’ve taken the calls and made sure I’ve let the other party speak first, tell me their tales of woe before I launch into mine.
I’ve read emails and messages, offered what advice I have to share. I’ve been a sounding board and I’ve been a kick in the pants, I’ve done the bitch sessions and the teary calls. I’ve told lots of silly quips, platitudes and jokes to lighten the mood and maybe bring a brief smile to someone’s face.
I just wish I could do more.
Photo credit: this picture is everywhere. I used it since cute baby animals seem to be the rule for this kind of post.