Supporting Those Who Struggle – Blog #4

Supporting Those Who Struggle by Mary Z. McGrath

A friend just lost his job that had offered him personal stability and financial security. A coworker has to take a leave of absence to care for her father with a serious illness. A neighbor explained that their child cannot manage in the public school and they are seeking an educational alternative.

Sometimes learning first hand of the difficulties of others can be very frustrating. You want to help and support them. Yet you realize that carrying your own life load is a challenge in itself. How can you be a gift on their journey and still manage your own daily difficulties and struggles?

When someone shares their circumstances with you,  be present. Offer empathy and understanding. Share a story of someone you know who had overcome a similar challenge. Mention a time in your own life when things were tough and how they turned out well in the long run.

We cannot always completely remove the burdens of others. However, we can offer them a small bit of understanding and hope that contributes to a lighter load for them. Doing so brings meaning to our own troubles and assists others in navigating through theirs.


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