Just keep smiling

standard August 9, 2011 4 responses

This weekend I felt the urge to stop someone who I know is living a similar situation to ours. I wanted to ask him how he’s managing. How he’s surviving. How he keeps his smile going.

I know the answer though. I’m doing it too.

You move forward one day at a time. One moment at a time. And you don’t think too far ahead.

This weekend I heard, at a session on being vulnerable and real bloggers, Brene Brown tell a group of very emotional listeners that “We’re ready to share our story when the healing is in the telling, not the response.” Some people write to get feedback on how to handle issues. Many write once they’ve worked through things on their own. 
That’s me. 
I’m not ready to write about all of it yet.
I’m still just focusing on getting through the moments.

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4 responses

  • sounds like the thinking of a rational mind. an outsider cannot remedy personal situations, just applaud when the solution is reached.

  • Good luck. I don’t know what specifically you’re going through, but as someone whose currently feeling one way on the inside and projecting another on the outside its hard. But I’m not ready to share yet either, for me its more of not wanting to feel like a burden. I think the sharing would be healing, but I would feel guilty asking for it. Oh emotions! How complicated you are!

  • Been there. I was the one in Brene’s session who asked about sharing personal stuff when it’s not about the response but about supporting others going through something hard. I know exactly what it’s like to not be ready to share yet.

    And on a related note, I was in your session as well. It was great! Love your honesty and sense of humour.


  • Hi Jessica,

    While I don’t know exactly what you’re working though, please know that I completely understand how you’re doing it. One day, one hour, one minute at a time. It’s how we do it. Quitting is not an option but inch by inch will still get you to your destination. Slower, yes. But you’ll get there.


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