“Who Is in Your Corner?” by Joan Y. Edwards
During my 79 years of living, I’ve gone through tough times. You’ve gone through tough times, too. If you’re going through an especially difficult time right now, I hope this will help put a smile back in your spirit. I hope you’ll realize that there are more people in your corner supporting you than you may realize.
Problems can be physical, mental, emotional, social, financial, spiritual or a combination of all of these. Write down the name of the people in your corner. The people you know love you and are willing to help you in any way that they can.
You may or may not have family members to support you. It’s a bummer If you don’t feel close to your family. I am fortunate. I have family members who love me.
What do your family members do to help you? Do they listen? Do they call you? Do they visit you?
Sometimes you have problems that you don’t feel comfortable sharing with your family. Sometimes you feel more at ease with friends. You may find it easier to share problems with your friends. Friends are people who accept you as you are. They are willing to listen to you without judgment. Write down the names of the friends who are willing to help you. Write down three things your friends do to help you.
PROFESSIONALS (DOCTORS, NURSES, DENTISTS, PHARMACISTS, COUNSELORS, MECHANICS, LAWN MOWERS, GARDENERS, TRANSPORTATION)
Sometimes you need to talk with a professional about a problem. Other times you may want to hire a professional to do a job you no longer want to do or you find you don’t have the energy, skill, or time to do it for yourself. You can hire people to mow your grass, weed your garden, clean your house, fix your car, tow your car, fix your plumbing, wash your hair, do your nails, or cut down trees. Let’s face it. Today you can hire people to do any job you need done. Many are at reasonable prices. Sometimes people will trade off. You do something for them. They do something for you.
Which professionals do you use to help you? What do they do to help support you? Which professionals could you use to help you now?
PEOPLE AT WORK
Co-workers and the people you meet through your job may be part of your support group. What do people at work and those you met through your job at work do to help you? Name three people from work and how they help support you.
There are lots of resources in communities. Call your local county or city phone number. Tell them what you need. They’ll help direct you to the help you need. Many times after major floods, fires, and other kinds of natural disasters groups of people from different non-profit groups come in to help communities help their members in distress.
Many churches offer help to their parishioners and to others in their communities who need help with everyday problems in times of great distress. Which church groups help you now. Which ones are you going to research for help? Write down three kinds of help you need, who might be able to do it, and their contact information. Write down their response.
For me, this is your base support. Love yourself. Believe in you. Trust that you are going to achieve your goals. Believe that you already have the skills or will learn the skills you need to survive.
You may have an overactive inner critic who gives you a hard time about everything you say and do. At times, it does not support you. When that happens to me, I go to the door and say, “Get out inner critic and don’t come back.”
Of course, my inner critic sneaks back in, but he behaves himself for awhile.
What do you do to help yourself? Write down three things you do to help yourself physically, mentally, socially, spiritually, and financially. Write down three ways you could show more support for yourself.
GOD, YOUR CREATOR
God is your main supporter. He created you with the ability to learn what you’ve learned. He created you to defeat the problems that creep into your life. He believes in you. He trusts you to be the best that you can be. He wants you to ask him for his help. He is always there for you.
“Ask and you shall receive.” Mark 11:24
“Believe and it will be done unto you.” Matthew 9:29
“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.” 2 Chronicles 15:7
Write down three things God has done to help you. Write down three things you would like for God to do to help you.
I hope reading this has given you a new way of looking at your situation. I hope that my post helped you realize that there are more people in your corner supporting you than you thought.
Please leave a comment. I enjoy hearing from you. I am in your corner. I asked God to bless you in a special way so that you realize how much he loves you!
Believe in you.
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
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