Outside of Yourself: The Final Step of Healing

nice-to-see-youI received a wonderful email this week. Although it was brief, the kind and sincere words have been with me long after reading the thoughtful message.

The email was from a woman I’ve been corresponding with for years. We’ve shared the pain of her multiple miscarriages and the toll it took on her marriage. We’ve shared the fear of her subsequent pregnancies. And ultimately, we shared the overwhelming joy when her perfectly healthy son was born. She often sends me updates on how he is doing, complete with pictures of his always smiling, angelic face.

Although we’ve never met, we have a connection – a camaraderie and understanding that brought us together at the most human level. And now, she is making that connection with someone else. She’s become the encourager, the advisor, the listener. She wrote to share this with me and to thank me for being there for her.

Reading her words brought me pure joy- I knew that she has reached the final stage of healing. She is now able to reach beyond her personal pain and help others. Her experiences have become a part of her, but they no longer define or “torture” her. She is free.

If you are grieving, may you find peace by reaching out to others who are in pain.

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