I have two friends struggling with life right now. One girl lives thousands of miles away. The other lives very close. One girl has been my good friend for some years. I meet the other girl through this blog but we have never met in person. One friend has a wayward husband, the other a wayward teen. Both friends mean a lot to me.
In the last week, both these friends have come to me with their trials. They have laid them at my feet. I have listened to the desperation in their voices. I have worried and fretted along with them.
And I feel so very inadequate. I have no experience regarding the issues they are facing. I don't know why they have been given such heavy burdens. I just don't know. And I've told them as such.
I've been thinking and thinking of something wise or profound to say to these friends to make a small difference. I've racked my brain. I've got nothing.
Sometimes I wonder what exactly I have learned in this life. I find myself, more often than not, simply perplexed by what goes on. I know people that have the gift of perspective. They always seem to be able to help me see things a little clearer. I'm not one of these people. I usually make things worse by saying, "Man, that sucks" or "I just don't get it."
So, after much thought, I decided to create a little graphic for them. It's a small offering considering the magnitude of the issues they are facing. I don't know how to solve their problems. But I know they will need courage for the battle.
I wish I could wrap up courage in a box and give it to them. Instead I will remind them to find it within themselves everyday.
And I'll be here to listen when they need to talk.
You are free to download my graphic too. Put it on your mirror or fridge or tucked away where only you can see it.
"Courage dosen't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow." - Mary Anne Radmacher