Lately, I have found myself in the middle of more than a few conversations with friends in which they've expressed feelings of hurt, pain, and confusion around different situations in their lives. It has been so disheartening to see a sense of defeat and hopelessness begin to overtake their thoughts based on one or two circumstances they were walking through at the time.
As I listened to my beloved friends, whether sitting next to them on the couch or on the opposite end of the phone, few words came to my mind to share with them in their time of hurt. "I'm sorry," "I understand" or "I can't even imagine" almost felt like copouts in such tender moments. And then, out of nowhere, the most simple thing seemed to just spill right out of my mouth:
"You know... you're going to be okay."
DOH. At first, I wanted to immediately rewind my words and replace them with something more eloquent or uplifting. But no, those words just sat in the silence that followed as my friends let out unanimous sighs. Little did I know that such a simple phrase could bring such a sense of relief. My friends were encouraged by the reminder that, yes, they will be okay. Maybe not today, or tomorrow, but eventually, they will be okay.
And now that brings me to YOU. Hey, hi! I hope that as you find yourself reading this, you're doing well. That you are having a great day, are feeling good about your life, and know your worth, because you're pretty stinkin' great.
But if you're not... if today or the last few days have kind of kicked your butt; if you are struggling to fight the good fight; if you are not feeling confident or worthy or beautiful; if your heart is broken... I just want to remind you that:
You're going to be okay.
No matter what you have walked through, are walking through right now, or will walk through in the future, I promise that you will be okay. I'm sure it doesn't feel that way right now, but trust me. You're going to get through this, and come out on the other side victoriously.
Trials come and go, and will continue to do so throughout our lives, but it's what we learn from them that shape and strengthen us. We can learn to be better humans, to love more deeply, to show more compassion, to walk with our heads held high, and to trust that everything we experience helps us to become the best versions of ourselves.
And the best versions of ourselves? Yeah, they're pretty okay :)
Meet the Writer: Gennean
Gennean is self-proclaimed "hot mess" who loves a good cup of coffee & a good adventure. Currently living in Nashville, Gennean has been blogging for over five years on life & faith, and is honored to be a contributing writer on the Unveiled blog.