OK, so I’m on a serious Rachel Platten kick these days. What can I say? I just love it when insightful lyrics mesh with great music. She’s got a new song out now, called “Stand By You”, and I’ve been busy turning the best bits into image posts for my Facebook and Instagram pages.
What I love about this new one is the message of strength in hard times. No one is ever alone. No matter how bad things are at the moment, you are never alone. Someone, somewhere in the world is going through what you are going through now.
When I was a kid going through my own private hell, this thought – that there were others out there, even if I didn’t know them personally, who had been through what I was currently dealing with – it kept me going. It kept me alive at a time when it would have been so much easier to give up, give in, and let myself die. If those others could survive and keep going, then maybe, just maybe, I could summon up the strength to get through another day.
And that’s the key. When you’re dealing with the big stuff, you can’t focus on “someday maybe this will be over”, because when things are that bad, “someday” is too overhwelmingly far away. What you concentrate on is getting yourself through ONE day; THIS day. Just get through today.
And for those who have to crawl through hell, sometimes all it takes to find that strength to keep going is the smallest sign that somebody out there cares; that someone believes in the best in you. You don’t have to do anything big, and it doesn’t even have to take much of your time, because sometimes it’s the simplest little things that make the biggest difference.
For example, a smile given to a store clerk encountered during your day; a kind greeting to a homeless person; a compliment given to a random stranger; a word of encouragement to someone who is struggling or a hug for someone who is in pain.We all have the ability, at various points in our lives, to act as angels in the lives of others. Click To Tweet
I believe that all of us have the ability, at various points in our lives, to act as angels in the lives of others. It takes so little to be kind, and it can make such a difference when you let another person know that they are not alone.
This is what Gandhi meant when he talked about being the change you wish to see in the world. There is no “us” and “them”, there is only us. All of us. All connected. All one. When one of us suffers, we all do. And when one of us helps another, we help all.
So if you’re struggling right now, please stay strong. And know that you are never alone… ‘cause I’m gonna stand by you.
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