Honor the Saddness

When people are hurting, we have a choice to either listen or ignore.

Sometimes, perhaps it feels as though certain people gravitate towards sadness. Regardless if it’s a conscious decision or not, we must remember to be gentle with these beings. This isn’t to say we placate to their melancholia whims, but it is important to note their sadness, anxieties and/or other maladies means they are moving through/coming to understand something tremendous in their lives at that point in time; it’s a critical point in their journey. It means we need to honor their sadness as best we can by NOT forcing it out of them or convince them otherwise.

Sometimes these sad, hurting people will test our patience, try to hurt us, push everyone away, not face their fears, etc. This is because they are scared. And sometimes, the only option is to either allow the fear to play out or help them confront and embrace the fear in a conducive way, as long as it doesn’t involve harm to others of their own bodies. This is a tricky tightrope to walk sometimes and in many instances all we can do is listen in a way that doesn’t involve ego. 

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