It's hard sometimes.
Sitting on the sidelines.
when to step in,
when to say something,
when to back off,
when to proceed.
Yes. It's hard sometimes.
Sitting on the sidelines as you bear witness to...
A friend suffering a health crisis.
A child struggling in school.
A family member coping with a personal challenge.
We don't always know
what to do
what to say.
We only know that we want to fix it for them.
We want to make it go away.
Evaporate into thin air.
Never to return.
We want to wave that magic wand and make everything good again.
And it seems,
as we sit there on the sidelines,
watching and waiting and wondering
that it would be far easier to bear the hardship ourselves than to see them suffer and struggle.
from our own hard won experience of struggle and strife...
that it is through struggle that
we often find our strength...
and a part of ourselves that perhaps we didn't realize exists.
as we sit and wait and wonder on the sidelines...
we take a breath
and we let the mind clear and settle
knowing that in that space
we will know what to do or say.
sitting and waiting
holding that space for another
trusting that they will find a way...
their way...through the struggle...
sometimes...that is everything.
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