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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “In a Crisis.”

lemons empathy card

Maybe it is a dire need of humor that caused me to read the above and get a good laugh. A crisis is not a laughing matter, but it does not call for a one-size-fits-all homogenized generic rhetorical answer either.

Crisis, like pain, is individual. Whether it is a massive panic attack, an incurable disease, a car accident, or leaving your wallet on a plane, it is your experience. Yours. Fully individual and unique as you and your reaction to the situation. It does not matter how good, or bad, someone else has it.  Your pain is not a measurement to anything other than your own ability to keep going.

Crises occur millions of times, all over the world, and no two experiences are the same.

If you want to talk, I am here to listen and empathize. If you want me to hold your hand, and sit quietly with you as you cry, I will do that too. But, most of all, I will let you feel your own your pain.

Together, we will figure out a way to cope, for a minute at a time, but how you respond to a personal crisis has nothing to do with someone else’s history. This is a story all your own and you determine how to turn the page.

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Thank you for reading my posts. It means more than you know.

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9 Comments

  1. I do hate phony sympathy.

  2. A sane and true response. I enjoyed your essay. https://grieflessons.wordpress.com/2015/06/15/crisis-reasoning/

    • I am so flattered. Thank you so much for reading it and letting me know that you enjoyed it. All the Best!

  3. very powerful- and so true. An important message to remember.

  4. Love your poster. It brings sooo many people to my mind!

    • Thank you so much! Yes, I have also gotten the trite remarks. I much prefer substance and real empathy.


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