Remember this ad? I instantly thought of it after a good conversation I had with a friend last Friday morning. It was a conversation initiated by an early morning text I sent saying, “Can you talk for a few minutes?”
As much as I don’t mind sharing about my life in my blog or often in daily conversation, I have a slightly harder time reaching out for support and encouragement when it comes to more serious matters like my relationship with food.
I think the anonymity of blogging allows me the freedom to be honest about my food issues, but to reach out to someone I know personally and confess some of what I’m going through is more embarrassing. You allow yourself to be vulnerable to critique when you open up about such sensitive topics.
However, as I’ve learned in recent years, when I allow myself to reach out to someone I actually know personally once in a while about an issue I’m dealing with, food or otherwise, I’m always encouraged. This past Friday was no different.
Nothing new was really said, only confirmations of what I already know to be true and encouragement that it’s all going to be okay. It’s exactly what I needed, and when I got off the phone I was inspired that I’m not losing my mind and I can do this.
So, if you’re struggling with an issue in life, but you think no one will understand, I encourage you to reach out. Please be smart and make sure that person is trustworthy. Then talk to them. You never know but the person you decide to confide in might just have been through something similar, or they might just have an insight to your life that will help you see that the world really isn’t falling all the way down around you. (only just a little… [grin])
Hopefully when you “reach out and touch someone” you will be encouraged like I was. Yes, it’s humbling, but every once in a while it’s very much needed.
P.S. And for the few of you who continue to leave me comments, I really appreciate your words of concern and insight. I always feel like you haven’t given up on me and that’s encouraging. 🙂