There have been people in my life that I wanted to reach, but my efforts felt worthless. Over time I felt like giving up on them. Sometimes I did. Thankfully, at other times I did not.
I love the song “Say Something” by A Great Big World. It’s one of those songs that’s passionate, thought provoking, sad, and gets stuck in your mind like gum in carpet. I think most of us can relate to this particular tune.
Sometimes you just want to hear exactly what a person is feeling. No more guessing. No more pretenses. No more walking on egg shells. Just truth, plain and simple.
The problem is, oftentimes many don’t know how to express themselves. They can’t put what they’re feeling into words. Maybe the pain is too deep. Maybe it’s still too raw. Maybe it feels safer to keep it locked inside.
Sadness can run deep, and some people are great at hiding it. How do we know when someone needs help? How do we reach those individuals we feel are slipping off the edge?
Maybe the pain is too deep. Maybe it’s still too raw. Maybe it feels safer to keep it locked inside.
Here’s a few ways we can speak up and into these people’s lives. Say something when:
- You know someone is having a bad day.
- You see someone who looks lonely.
- You know someone is hurting.
- You can relate to the loss someone else is experiencing.
- Your words may correct an injustice.
- You know someone that needs a simple “I’m here for you.”
You don’t have to be a counselor; you simply need an open heart and a listening ear. “Be happy with those who are happy, weep with those who weep.” A simple hug may be just the thing that helps. A handwritten note may cheer someone at just the right moment. We simply don’t know what may help, but that doesn’t excuse us from trying. Just don’t give up on them, say something…