Why Do We Come Here?
I relax after a long, busy Monday by catching up on blog reading, adding comments as I go. As I read thru my blog list tonight what strikes me is the common themes to our lives, issues many of us face and deal with from time to time... sickness, sadness, pain, frustration, relationships, our jobs, our children, addictions, financial concerns, the loss of those we love, hurts from the past, fears, longings, and sometimes gratitude and rejoicing.
We come here to share what we can't always share with the people around us - sometimes there is no one to listen, sometimes no one we trust, and sometimes no one who cares. We come here knowing that we will find acceptance, understanding, compassion, encouragement, and even love. We come at times feeling broken and battered, worried and afraid, hopeless and lost, and we find others who have been there who reach out to us with words of friendship and caring, we find humor to help our own resurface, we find stories of survival to encourage us, and sometimes we find stories worse than our own to help us regain our perspective.
We are humbled, we are encouraged, we are uplifted, we are embraced, and we are reminded that we are never all alone. We were put on this earth to help each other, to reach out a hand, or to share a smile and friendly word. We come here because we are family. We come here because we feel free to be ourselves and to express ourselves openly with one another. We come here because here we feel truly at home.
I treasure each and every one of you who take the time to share your thoughts and words... I learn with you, I laugh with you, I cry with you, I share with you... and together with you I find the courage and inspiration to face another day. I am truly blessed by your presence in my life, and I am grateful.