<Coughs> Like most humans, I am constantly learning and I thought I should share some stuff. I admit that these aren't ground-breaking but they've reached home in my heart though:
If platitudes suck, your presence does not
Mini-2012 review: I got most of what I hoped for in 2012 but I wish it were so for the people in 'my world'... loved ones died so painfully, relationships ended, school failures, fertility issues... some experiencing just one disappointment while others experienced them in series... I struggled with how best to relate with them. What could I possibly say- 'this pain will make you stronger?' (True, but seriously?). 'Things can only get better?' (I tried that line on one of my people and we were both devastated when things got so much worse). So yes, platitudes suck but making sure that you are there for hurting people helps, plus helping out with things they would not be able to do at that point, like laundry, cooking light meals, keeping them warm, praying, buying essentials, etc.
I am beginning to really understand that being 'good' does not provide insurance against evil. I guess we are to pray against all evil as well as ask for the strength to face evil when/if it comes our way.
'Feel your superstar'
I'm learning to own myself lol. I mean, own the bad/far less than perfect aspects of myself. I fell into some mild depression for a few months over this one. What helps is reading about how God decided to befriend us at our most unlovable state. So to borrow from Neyo's song, I'm letting Him love me until I learn to love myself hehehe. And then I am discovering that doing things that grow my skills helps so much, even when doing it afraid. I am also learning to enjoy my life in ways that are pleasing to God (meaning: having fun in ways that don't distress others; learning to save money while spending ("investing") in things that make me and others joyful, and being more thankful).
Ok this is all for now. Sorry it's not a happy-ish post oh. I've been waiting for weeks before updating to see if I can write something informative or at least light-hearted but just concluded that I might never update at the rate I'm going so please bear with me.
Thank you for reading, checking up on me and updating your blogs. May you receive fresh doses of grace, strength and love this 2013 :)