(photo credit to Living Life Fully)
I hear people all the time utter the phrase, "well that was UNhelpful"
and it wasn't until I was taking a walk tonight (I really need to quit walking late at night - though I do better maintain my train of thought) that I started to wonder what was helpful... I urge those reading to add to this list in the comments section as I am genuinely curious.
helpful is the kind front desk lady at my therapist's office who always has a smile, remembers me, and speaks sweetly when I call timid about scheduling an appointment.
helpful is when people acknowledge you are there, not part of the scenery, and as a result respect that you have feelings, views, and thoughts
helpful is when someone reminds you that a dress is just a dress and that needing a size smaller (or larger) isn't a necessarily a crisis, but rather needing a size smaller (or larger)
helpful are the people who know when to push and when to quit
helpful is mourning the past while also toasting to the potential the future holds
helpful can be a smile, an email, or a phone call (particularly from my great aunt)
helpful is the person that's there for you when you're not 100% there for yourself
helpful is the understanding that sometimes pushing away means you want to be pulled closer... maybe even hugged
helpful is when you feel able to cry in front of someone
helpful is when you receive little reminders that you are of worth
helpful is compassionate at time
helpful is feeling validated
helpful is loving me when i least deserve it, because you know that's when i really need it the most
helpful is having meals in the fridge prepared
helpful is someone smiling when you're feeling down
helpful is knowing when to take a break - and knowing it's okay TO take a break
what is helpful to you?