When I suffered the painful setback of my divorce I was so full of despair that my goals dissipated.
Everything I had been working for seemed pointless without the love of my husband and so… depressed and weary… I let everything go.
It seemed the smallest thing was too difficult to do:
My days were full of endless sadness.
I was fortunate to have comfort from a work colleague, a woman who became like a mother figure to me, who would see me each morning and say, “We just have to get through today. And… if you can’t get through today… just get through the next few minutes. I will be right here.”
I would go in my room and try to teach my students, then excuse myself, walk across the hallway, where she would walk out of her own classroom, wipe the tears from my eyes, hug me close, and then say, “Just until the bell rings. Just make it until the bell rings. I’m right here if you need me.”
I cannot thank her enough for being my strength when my strength was gone.
She got me through those first very painful months and each time I hit a small goal:
Making it through a day without crying…
Sleeping through the night…
Being able to keep a meal down…
She was there to cheer me on.
And when my goals became bigger:
Going back to school for my Master’s Degree…
Buying my first home…
She continued to offer me support.
During times of despair we need someone to champion us… to see our small progress as we struggle to overcome pain.
Today, I offer my own experience and strength, and hope that my words, my presence, offers comfort to those who need it.
“Dear God, help me to give my compassion to those in need. Help me to be present for those who long for comfort.”