Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Make sure you are checking on your loved ones. Just because we are strong doesn’t mean we don’t need to be checked on. Recently I was talking to someone who told me that someone close to them decided to take their life. No one knew this person was having these thoughts because they looked as if they had it all together. The last time they saw this person they were smiling and cracking jokes. What makes this situation even harder was that this person was only 18 years old. They just graduated from high school and had their whole life ahead of them. My heart hurt so bad from this news even though I didn't know them personally. Just the thought of someone feeling like they have nothing to live for. That life has thrown them so many curve balls they can't seem to see their way out. They made a permanent decision on temporary emotions. This also hits home for me because we lost someone close to our family this same way and some of us still haven't recovered from that loss. Trouble doesn't last always; the sun will shine again.
It doesn't take much to check on someone to see how they are doing. Sometimes all it takes is you reaching out letting that person know you were thinking about them, and it could help them get over whatever issues they might be having at that moment. There is a story in the bible about a prophet named Elijah, he was a mighty man of God who had done many great things in the eyes of God. He was called to lead the people back to worshipping God. With God's help he made a fool of the presiding King and his wife Jezebel and that’s when Jezebel vowed to kill Elijah. Even though Elijah was supposed to be this strong man, he was afraid of Jezebel, and he ran for his life. He was so tired and exhausted from being in fear and running that he stopped at a tree and asked God to take his life and fell asleep. An angel came to Elijah and told Elijah to wake up. The angel fed Elijah for 40 days to help him regain his strength and sent him on his way to complete his next assignment. You can find the story of Elijah in 1 Kings 17-19 and 2 Kings 1-2.
What was the purpose of that story? To remind you that we are all an angel to someone. None of us want to feel like we are in this world all alone with no one to turn to. You can live in a house full of people and still feel alone. A simple act of kindness can go a long way in a person's life who may be struggling to keep their head above water. None of us have it all together. Believe me when I say, we need one another. We need community, I know I do! Don't allow what people post on social media to sway you into believing everything is all bright and beautiful because we all have our dark days. Especially those of us who live in the Pacific Northwest, a lot of people here deal with S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) around this time of the year. This disorder usually rears its ugly head from November to February when most of our days are dark and rainy. This disorder can cause people to feel sad, lethargic and lack the motivation to do anything.
So, the next time you are thinking about someone, take that extra step and reach out to them. Send a text, make a phone call, write an email, or drop a note in the mail. I am here to remind you that you are the Angel they needed in that moment. Will they respond back? Sometimes not, but at least you did your part to remind them, they are LOVED!
Sending you love, light and positive vibes,
"Always remember to LIVE life to the fullest, to LAUGH at everything and to LOVE unconditionally!"