Dear Friend: "Step Out of the Darkness Any Way You Can"

Dear Friend,

I know that you've been stuck in a rut lately.  You recently told me that you haven't felt like yourself in a while.  It saddens my heart to hear that and I want to tell you that I'm here for you.

I've been down that dark alley before.  It's not a place people like to be in, but I believe it's necessary to be there in order to go to the physical, mental, and emotional places we're meant to be.

As you are walking down this alley, fortunately and unfortunately, you are the only one who can escort yourself out of the shadows.  I can guide you and give you directions, but you yourself must take the steps forward.

It's absolutely important you get out of there; staying there keeps you from truly living.  Your broken presence is a disservice to yourself and everyone around you.

So get out of there any way you can!  If you crash into a door 4,093 times, keep trying; it might open next time.  If your legs are tired, bleeding, or broken, crawl yourself out inch by inch.  It may take a while to get out, but it'll be worth it.

When I got out of my dark alley, I had to spend hours in solitary self-reflection.  I decided that I wanted to move forward.  I apologized and forgave.  I cried and laughed.  I learned to trust myself and others again.  I honestly accepted me for myself.

The real hard truth is that once in a while I do find myself back in the shadows, only now I'm much better at stepping into the light.  That's where our hearts belong.

I pray with patience you will be there soon.


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