Moments matter

aspen in steamboatRobin Williams died this week.  He was suffering in ways we never knew. He was hurting and in pain. We didn’t know and if we did, we couldn’t help him.

There are so many people – friends and family and neighbors and colleagues who are also struggling right now. They are in a bad state because of their health, finances, marriage issues, job status, money struggles, addictions, fears and frets. These people are within range and can be reached. We have to reach out and say those magical word …”I’ve been thinking about you.” Then we need to just be quiet.  We can make a difference.

hollyhock3I can’t take the pain away that someone is feeling but I can be there for them when they need to talk. I can’t get those people through the dark night but I can hold their hand as they wade through the sludge.

I believe we are surrounded by people with stories – some are huge and over the top amazing stories! Most are everyday stories about average people just figuring it out. Some are about black-footed ferrets, tennis lessons, vegetable gardens, and others are about medications, health problems, loneliness and struggles. They are only uncovered when we take time to let others tell their stories.  Some people will gush with the chance to share and others will let their stories out bit by bit.

It’s about acknowledging the other person at the table, on the bus, in line at the store, in the other car, on the phone, at the drive-thru. Simple, really and on the surface pretty basic stuff, but the end result can be so much more. Sometimes there’s a sigh or a smile.


He made me laugh.

15 thoughts on “Moments matter

  1. You have said it all Marge and I totally agree. The biggest blessing I have, not having a job, is that I am available to spend time with others who might need my help in some way or another, or just to be there to listen. There is always someone. And it all reminds me to be so very grateful for my blessings.


  2. It was there in his eyes. Robin Williams was tired, he had enough, could no longer fight life’s battles. He couldn’t be helped because no one knew.
    blessings ~ maxi


  3. Yes, Maxi, I agree that no one knew his pain. I feel that we interact with people all the time who are in pain – and our actions, conversation, greetings, eye contact, smile … all matter. We just don’t know how much we matter.


  4. True, even a person in line at the post office or grocery store, or just walking along the street (sidewalk) might need that smile 🙂 One of the things I love about walking downtown Greenville as so many people will smile, maybe with a little wave or “hi” or even start a conversation. It means a lot.


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