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So much sweetness.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve talked about fall. I’ve come to see what a beautiful metaphor it is for shedding all the things not serving a purpose any longer. The leaves fall, releasing all that needs to be pruned away. And life follows suit.

I understand that now.

This year has been a series of endings. To outmoded ways of thinking, to worn out routines, to almost everything that has become familiar, including some relationships. This year has offered up a tough and often confusing mix of situations, with one just coming to a conclusion.

So much sweetness.  

This is what keeps playing in my head, like the chorus of a song with an unforgettable hook.

Here’s the beautiful thing. Whenever I thought I’ve been alone, completely adrift and on my own, I’ve been met with support. At times it was almost as if people fell out of bushes to give me messages of encouragement. Grace, somehow, in the sweetest of ways, has always been at my side. For this, I feel humbled and grateful.

Trust. This is what I’ve learned.

Trust in the unexpected and the unknown. Trust people—even, perhaps especially, people you never imagined—will stand in front of you with offerings of friendship and love. Trust, and the universe will rise up to catch you when you stumble, to push you when you think you cannot get up, to hold your hand when you are in need tenderness.

So much sweetness. 

That gives me faith in a future full of things that will serve me well.

One day I came out of the subway and was greeted by this sidewalk chalk inspiration. Signs are everywhere.

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xo, with goodness and grace.

 

You know those times when it feels like someone just read your mind, like they saw deep into the recesses of your heart and every emotion living there?

Life is about relationships, and I hold my friendships sacred. Every now and then one of my friends will say something that lets me know they see me, they get me, they understand me.

Like a text I received a few days ago, when I was having a moment. She didn’t have any details. She just instinctively knew I needed some love.

Everyone should have support like this.

 

 

And then, it was all good.

I hope you find yourself supported and carried along in a bubble of love this week.

xo, with goodness and grace.

It was a snowy morning, the kind that makes you want to stay in bed all day.  I got up anyway, leaving the apartment at 5:30am for my “rooster” spinning class.

I’ve been bad about going to my early morning classes these past few weeks, inconsistent from a combination of work busy-ness and the temperature frequently dipping below 10 degrees. On this morning, though, I’d decided I needed to put myself back on the to-do list, mainly because I desperately needed an outlet for my stress.

This particular 6am class is normally sold out, but there were several open bikes. Probably because those people, smarter than me, decided to hibernate at home. I was the only person in the back row.

Normally the extra space wouldn’t bother me; I almost welcome it. But for some reason, though, it affected my energy and I wasn’t connecting with the class as I normally do.

Midway through class during the arm series,  the instructor walked around to check in with everyone.  She spotted me in the back.

“You guys, this is why we need to show up even when it’s cold and there’s a blizzard outside — we need each other! We’ve got only one person in the back row.  Give her some love!

The entire class whooped, hooted, and hollered in unison.

“Don’t worry—we got you!” 

To have 60 people cheer me on—this felt good.

We need each other.

I don’t acknowledge this nearly enough.  I’m independent; I take care of myself; I’m able to meet my own needs.  But support, even from people we don’t know, is crucial to our emotional well-being.

I think all we want in life is to have people who’ve “got” us.  Sometimes that’s all you need to turn it all around.

I hope you find community and people who’ve got you when you need it most this week.

xo, with goodness and grace.

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