Lately, there’s been a spike in sad and challenging situations in my social circle. Close friends are losing parents and grandparents, experiencing big marital problems, facing various health, fertility, and financial crises, and making difficult Big Life decisions upon which their families’ happiness and security hinge. I hate seeing people I care about suffer and struggle, and I wish I could wave a wand that would solve everyone’s problems. Of course, I can’t. So I listen instead, give advice when it’s asked for, and try to share words that might be of some comfort. I wish there was more I could do. And at the same time, I’m grateful that in my own life I’m enjoying a relative respite from the bigger struggles that life, marriage, and parenthood often deliver so that I have the energy reserves to offer support to my loved ones who need it. And to you, too, if you need it.
Feel free to share your struggles and challenges here — anonymously, if you prefer — and receive or offer up some support to those who especially need it this week, this month, on this day. Life can be hard — let’s have each other’s backs.