Strength found in Strangers
 I met an acquaintance online through another website.  I don't know her too well but last week she sent out an email asking for positive thoughts, prayers, well wishes, anything to help her face the challenges she was facing.

Six pages of people responded and she sent out another email explaining what the outcome was.  I don't know the intimate story but from what I gather she had to appear in court and face her abuser.  She was so scared, scared out of her mind when she asked for our positive thoughts.

So many responded to her with love, support, prayers and positive affirmations. She printed out these six pages of love and brought them with her to court for support.   She said she sat in court next to a young woman that was apparently going through the same stuff as her.  She reached out to this person who was openly weeping.  She turned to her and realized for the first time that day her fear was gone.  She handed the woman her pages and said make believe my name is gone and insert yours.  These prayers and positive thoughts will help make you strong.

This acquaintance went into her court room and it all went better than she expected.  Her friend commented on how she reached out to the weeping woman.  Her friend said she should be an avocate for others.  The acquaintance said she had those precious words at home on her computer and she felt they helped her be strong so they could help this other woman that needed strength.

We never realize how much we can help others just by sending a kind word their way, even if you don't know them or even if you don't think they necessarily deserve it.  Sometimes one kind word can be he difference between life and death and we don't even know it.

Comments:
 
OneVoice   OneVoice wrote
on 9/26/2008 6:27:28 PM
You are your 'sisters'' keeper as I am my brothers'. Well done!!! You did what some would not... you gave what you had - and... It was enough

amberfire   amberfire wrote
on 5/30/2008 7:01:48 AM
Words are powerful things, they can bring one the greatest joy or cause utter devastation with little more then the breath it takes to expel them. There are so many out there willing to give words of love, support and kindness and then the few who offer only hurt. Unfortunately it is more often the one who has offered up the vilest words that burn in our memories the most. This was a wonderful story dani, it is a wonderful example of how all our lives are truly entwined. Some of the worse things I have experienced in life have ended up to only be a learning experience so that I could help someone later who needed it desperately, and be able to really know what they felt. Thanks for the story it was wonderfully uplifting.

StarPoet   StarPoet wrote
on 5/29/2008 12:16:04 AM
Remember to always be kind to whomever you meet. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle and could use the encouragement and strength of another.

Mike Firesmith   Mike Firesmith wrote
on 5/28/2008 6:36:09 PM
********** Here's ten more stars, and some positive thoughts

Lacuna Eidolon   Lacuna Eidolon wrote
on 5/28/2008 6:27:57 PM
Comments from others here at writingroom, including yourself, helped me get through my first weeks alone. It's getting easier, but for a while my only inkling of selfworth came from compliments on my writing. It gave me hope that I might still be of value in this sometimes cruel world. It's hard to say that when I know that I have 7 kids who love me to death, but true nonetheless. Thank you for being my online friend...

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