Tuesday, May 6, 2008

For Taylor

Pin It I have a friend. I’ll choose to christen this friend as “Taylor” so as to protect their identity (also, this is a gender-neutral name which does well, and suits my purpose). Anyhow, I was recently visiting with my friend and realized that they were at a point of breaking; and many around them do not realize this…after all, Taylor wears a painted smile each day, and they lie…saying that everything is fine in their life.

However, I don’t believe that that is really the case.

I write this blog for Taylor, after all, Taylor you know who you are. However, since this is also a public forum, anyone else is welcome to read it as well.

Dear Taylor,

I am writing to let you know that it’s going to get better. The moments happening right now are just that—moments; before you know it these will be in the past, and you’ll wonder how you ever let them bother you at all. I also wanted to remind you that inside of all these terrible experiences there is not only hurting, but opportunities to be refined and to grow. Just think of how much wisdom you are cultivating because of these challenges you now face!

Do you remember when you were growing up and you felt that you were being punished for no reason? No matter what your parents said, you just couldn’t see how these were helping you or were to your benefit. I’m sure you realize now, just how much these were helping to shape you into the wonderful person you are. These “terrible” moments refined a person who may not have been so great otherwise.

Take advantage of these small moments of timespace, because once this day is over and done, it is gone forever. It will never return to you; this includes good times as well as the bad. Try to seize that which is good in each day, and let the bad things go. In the future you’ll cherish these memories, and will (for the most) only remember the good portions.

Also, never forget that whenever you are feeling low, you’ve got a Friend; One who cares about you and wants the best for you. He is always there, and you don’t need a cell phone plan to talk to him. He’s really a good listener. However, for those times which you just feel you need to talk to somebody else, just know that I’m always here as a backup.

Never forget, you’ve got a friend.


shoezimm said...

Wow....how many of us smile and lie when, deep inside, we really are NOT okay? I, for one, am certainly guilty of that! I think back on times that were hard and realize that in order to be the person that I am I needed those experiences. It would be nice if we could keep that in mind when we reach that new "learning experience"!

Anonymous said...

I'm not Taylor, however, I hope they realize just how great it is to have somebody who'll listen to them; even with just small stuff.

I think we all feel like Taylor at some time or another in our lives.

Kris said...

Wow get your ears ready for me when I have a problem. I'm calling you! I have been through days like that, my smiles on but my guts are in knots. And I wish I could have had someone to tell me those words! YOU ARE AWESOME!!!

Teachinfourth said...

Shoe - We are all guilty of this at one time or another...

Anonymous - It just depends on the day, you know?

Kris - It's always good to have a listening ear, isn't it?

Rachel said...

Thanks for having my back.



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