Years ago, I was at an event and this person that was in a wheel chair was trying to be strong. I was trying to help them a little and they really got angry at me. They stated strongly to me and in no uncertain terms that I just didn't understand what they were going through because I was not in a wheel chair. Their eyes got real wide when I looked at them and said, "oh, but it wasn't but a few years ago that I was!"
It leaves me scratching my head...
I've had moments online lately that I have truly tried to be encouraging and then heard the words, "you don't understand". It always leaves me scratching my head because if the person only knew just how much I truly did understand, they probably would blush with embarrassment. I always think, but if I have missed something, why not try to help me understand, rather than just dismiss me as being "stupid".
I know we all have our difficulties and our struggles. I know some of us face some very tough and insurmountable odds in getting through our days. I get that. I've been through those moments and if you go back through this blog, you will read many of them. From depression, anxiety, suicide, paralysis, Conversion Disorder, full body rashes, body pain like no other and just trying to deal with the many circumstances of life - yes, I think I have a pretty good idea of what others go through.
Maybe I don't fully understand...
Maybe my experiences don't match up to yours 100%. Maybe I don't fully understand what your day is like or what that particular part of your story means. Maybe I see things through my life's experiences and not necessarily your filters, but it does not mean I don't understand.
I feel for others more than most will ever know. I hurt when I see others hurt. I want to scream when I see injustice. I want to rid this world of the pain and I often feel like I'm not enough to help. To say, "you don't understand" to me is like a big slap in the face.
What if instead of saying "you don't understand", that maybe you help someone understand. Share more of your story. Write about what you are going through. After all, these are ways to help heal and make sense out of what is happening when it seems like nothing makes sense.
I write on my blog and in my tweets the things that I know have helped me. I write to help give a brighter outlook on things or to give hope that things can change and get better. I write to help give a different perspective or conscious awareness that may is hard to see. At no time is my writing about inflicting hurt upon another.
Challenged to look further....
The things that helped me the most in addition to understanding and compassion were the moments when I was challenged to look further, to be more than that moment, and to see other ways I could view what was taking place. It was in challenging those uncomfortable moments that I began to find my way forward. I try to do the same with everyone I meet.
I wrote this blog post some time ago about Holding The Space For Someone and I think it matches up to the point I'm trying to make here.
Question Of The DayWhat other ways can people help us heal and progress in life or understand what we are going through?
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