Thursday, January 20, 2011

Some encouragement

Today I was clicking through a few blogs, waiting for J. L. to come over and visit with me and I was struck by how many happy faces I saw. Whether they belonged to brides in beautiful white dresses, giggling babies or a few girlfriends sharing stories over a cup of coffee, I found myself feeling sincerely happy for all of these souls that I have never even met. When I first started my blog, I used it only as a form of self expression and a way to help find my writing voice. However, I wasn't expecting to enjoy reading the blogs of other women and begin to feel a sense of global sisterhood/share in the celebration of female expression. My favorite posts are always about relationships (all kinds), about women really pushing to grow beyond what they're expected to do or be and/or well written blogs, or artistic pictures, of women celebrating what it is to be a woman. It's exciting to me to see God's children just enjoying life--myself included!

However, after I overheard a conversation between two students, the obvious occurred to me: not everyone who blogs is probably in a season of heath, wealth and happiness. In the real world, sometimes life really sucks. In fact, it occurred to me that some of us may not only be having a "rough day," but that some if not most of us are experiencing extremely difficult situations like feeling the pain that comes from lonliness, loss or even abuse. 

Please know that if you are in a season of feast, my heart is so happy for you, I really do hope that it continues for you and know that the words below are meant for you as well. But if you're at the end of your rope or you just feel like you're alone in whatever your situation you find yourself in at this moment, I want to take a moment to let you know that the following statements are unconditionally true:
  • You are loved whether you know it or not. 
  • Your ability to perform or be accepted or even your the way you look has absolutely nothing to do with your worth.
  • If you're hurting, you only need to reach out. I promise you're not alone.
  • If anyone is treating you like anything less than a the Child of God you are, know that you don't deserve it and that you deserve better. 

Nicole Jeannette


kenzie said...

i loved reading this. i completely agree with the close sense of community we have just through blogging. that someone you have never met may something that hits so close to home and makes you feel a little less alone.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

I agree. i love my blog friends for those same reasons.

HettyA said...

I love this post! So true and hits very close sometimes :)

Sarah said...

Thank you so so much for those words. It has been a very painful and difficult time for me and I've had trouble finding my voice and community in that time.

Chrissy said...

This is beautiful! Love it! So true!

Sorry, I didn't reply to your email, yet...totally busy!
I will email you later!

Hugs xxx

Unknown said...

Love this!

Thank you!

Raj said...

Beautiful post!
I think the community spirit in the blog world is something almost magical, it's wonderful how when you're at your lowest there is somebody out there that you can talk to, that can tell you that you're not alone

Some Korean Website Highjacker said...

this is a truly beautiful, thoughtful and extraordinary post nicole. you are a big throbbing heart, it shows through and thank you for being this lovely, the harmony of your words is felt deep. bless you. ♥

Anonymous said...

oh, what a lovely post. I'm struggling with connecting those two aspects myself, the happy people in my life, and the unhappy people...

Michelle H said...

Found you on Comment Love. This is a great post. I enjoy reading blogs on people's "off" days almost more than happy posts, just because then I know they're being real. It's great to know other people out there are going through the same things I am.