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Ever read something disturbing then wonder how you could possibly help the person the article is about? Well I have. I always said in to myself, “I hope this person gets justice, or someone is able to help them out.” Never thinking there is something I could do. Until I decided to dig my heels in and send a letter of support. How on earth could I continue thinking the way I was if I considered myself a helper?

Well, I found myself investigating how I could achieve my ultimate goal, sending a letter of support followed by an email. In fact, several letters of support were sent along with follow up emails. At first I found myself suddenly speechless, unable to find the right words to write this letter of support. That is until I stopped thinking of myself and started thinking about how this person that was going through this hardship I read about, felt. Then the words flowed like a river. Not mushy, just supportive and uplifting, as much as I could.

Many others in a group I was a member of, a fan club, got together over the internet and started a writing campaign. It was well received by the person and their family. This became a healing process for all of us. Some shared an example of what to say for those that found it difficult to find the words. Others cheered on the number of letters and emails sent and encouraged to send more. One member offered to receive all the letters then send them on to another member to save money. The member receiving the letters and emails took them to the family of the person in the article. We are all happy that they were well received and sent back a big thank you via the person who delivered them.

The healing process is immense when you reach out to another human being. Just the act of uplifting another to try and make them feel better helps you as well.  I will always remember the feeling and be happy that I was part of helping someone feel better and know that they have support.

Eye of the Tiger or Meager Kitten

 

As I sit on the edge of my bed, I contemplate what the day has planned for me. I feel the need to gain control of the things I have put off for so long. The first thing that comes to mind is my writing. I have been editing, rewriting, and the vicious circle goes on. Well, today I would like to gain control of my complete short story, and one of three novels that is complete. Editing is never-ending it seems. But I will give it a go one more time. I am thinking of asking my sister-in-law to help. She seemed interested in doing the job in the beginning. Now I don’t know but it’s worth the ask. Anything to get these stories told.

The short story is a children’s book. The novels are romance. Different I know, but when I write it just leaps onto the page from my brain and I just go with it. The short story didn’t take long and I wrote three novels simultaneously in one day. I should say I started the three novels and wound up zoning in on the first one to the end in one day. Then I hit a monumental writer’s block and gave up. I picked up and started again. Then someone advised me to let someone else edit what I had. That was a disaster. Money exchanged hands and after a year, I got the dirty end of the stick because the person I paid took my money and only edited the first chapter. Did I mention this was a friend? Yeah.

Well, I know I can count on my sister-in-law. She’s a pretty level-headed person. A lot to take on I know, but all I can do is ask right? Onward and upward I always say. So here I go. I am going to let my “babies” go into someone else’s hands. Eye of the Tiger, no longer meager kitten. Wish me luck!

Friendship = Support

We all have friends that we love and love to be around. Whether it is you or your friend or friends seeing the best or worst side of you. We commit to supporting one another come hell or high water, right?

But what if you had a favorite actor or actress that you liked and suddenly he or she was in need of moral support. Perhaps being accused of allegations that they say are untrue. The media jumps in and now it is “trial by media” and it has turned into a three-ring circus. You research as much as you can to find out what you can. Weighing the accusations, you are left with whether you want to continue to like this person. What exactly can you do? How can you show your support of the accused?

Well, now you know where I am coming from. I found myself in the same situation. One of my favorite actors was now faced with allegations of a sexual nature. I did look into what the whole story was, the accuser’s side of the story as well as the actor’s side. I decided to support my favorite actor. Why? Personal choice. Due to the fact that it hit close home on a different level. The allegations were totally different, but none the less it is damaging when you are accused of something you didn’t do but the court system is now involved.

The damage that comes from false accusations are immeasurable. The task of clearing your name is not only costly but draining emotionally. Nothing can compare to the pain of all of this on a grand scale. So what do you do? You find out what kind of person you really are. Bystander or defender? You choose.

Now I am talking about my favorite actor here. I don’t know him personally and I don’t have to. Being careful in what I was committing to, I chose to move forward in my support. Finding out what that encompassed I researched what kind of support existed already. Joining groups on social media that also offered addresses or email addresses for moral support and encouragement. It ran the gamut, and now I was hitting the ground running.

I found solace in what I was doing. Reaching out to another human being that was being attacked and their career threatened. I could only imagine what hurt he was feeling. Of course there were news snippets of lawyers being hired and court papers filed. But aside from all of this, the pain that follows. Sure, you have your family around you. Telling you how much they care, being on your side, etc. But as my father used to say, “You can be in a crowded room and still feel lonely.” That’s the part that got to me. No one deserves that.

I joined five groups on social media leaving words of encouragement. There were naysayers that left unpleasant comments. But that just made me more determined. I didn’t engage in fighting with them. I just continued with my support. Emails were sent saying that I believed in him. It made me feel better and I was hoping he felt the same way. I started to include his partner, girlfriend of eight years in the support. Also his family. Let’s face it, they were going through the hardship of the accusations as well. I was elated when the groups got word that the family appreciated our encouragement as well as his girlfriend.

Moving like a well oiled machine, we started messaging each other different stories of how we met him, pictures taken with him, favorite pictures we liked. Whatever he was in we shared it with one another. Of course this fight far from being over, but at least he knows there is love, hope, and support from those that he has given so much to over the years. Perfect strangers, but fans none the less, becoming friends that turned out to equal support at the time when needed.

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