When I was at a new school in 2013, I was going through severe and random health problems. I was mad, sad and scared, but the Universe put a woman in my life who was diagnosed with a chronic illness at my same age, and who helped me see that these problems, although seemingly arbitrary, were all connected. And that it was normal to be depressed after being diagnosed with a chronic and possibly debilitating disease. This friend’s chronic disease was Type 1 Diabetes and although she was no longer part of my work family, she was back to support me again 3 years later when my 13 year old son was diagnosed with diabetes. Thank you Universe.
When my mom died suddenly in 2014, I was blessed again. Friends and acquaintances who lost a parent, or another loved one, showed up in droves. Within a couple months two people in my same department suddenly lost their mom. The first time I saw them at a meeting we cried together. It was beautiful. Thank you Universe.
When my son was diagnosed with Juvenile diabetes, friends showed up. I had 3 friends (all from work) who were Type 1 Diabetics and a 4th work friend who is a type 2 Diabetic. We handled our 13-year-old’s predicament like rock stars. We didn’t cry and we didn’t feel sorry for him (in front of him). But we were not ok, and my friends who would check in during the weeks and months after were a godsend. Thank you Universe.
In 2016 when I accepted that I had a drinking problem and decided to stop, I found connections. I knew NO ONE in my situation in real life, and really truly thought that it was a rare problem. In due time, I found a tribe of people JUST like me. People who were happy, successful and GOOD people (if you’ve never been in active addiction, then you may not know it– but the shame involved is super intense and ruins every last bit of any self esteem you may have left). Within this tribe I found MY people, and made strong connections with certain individuals. These individuals continue to provide me with friendship, support and love. They have seen me at my worst and gone through my hundreds of day 1’s with me. I am SO grateful for each and every one. Thank you Universe.
Now I’m going through a difficult time with extended family. Sadly, it’s not a situation that is super rare these days, but really no one seems to talk about it. I am so blessed to have a couple close friends who are literally going through the same situation. While I would do anything to resolve any of our situations immediately (and wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy), it’s priceless to have people listen to you rant when you know that they GET it. They’ve been there– or are there now. I feel so blessed to have this support. Thank you Universe.
I think the Universe and God has been so good to me. No life is perfect and we will always have our suffering. I have been blessed with so many great connections that are so meaningful to me.
Look for the light when you are in the dark.
Be the light, whenever possible <3
Thank you, Universe!