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Value Each Moment With People You Choose

Focus on the person right in front of you

Pay attention to the things that they say

Discover who they are and how they feel

Decide if your time is worth spending with them

Be decisive and clear with yourself

If you decide to be with them

Then give them this moment of your time

Value the moment to the full extent that you can

Learn more about them and see what they see

Find something in common to connect on

Learn how they are similar and struggle the same

Validate them so they are not alone

Learn what is different about their life than yours

Add this learning into your scope of understanding

Every person you choose to connect with

Can open yours eyes to new ways

To view the world as they see it

Each person you spend a moment with

Can give you a great gift of a new perspective

That may enlighten your soul and invigorate your mind

It is like reading a book and seeing what the characters see

Experiencing the world from the character’s point of view

Everyone has a different story and a view that’s unique

You can add little pieces of them to yourself

The more you really listen and are open to learn…

the more you will gain for yourself

New knowledge and new ways of seeing things

Every moment has potential for new possibilities

If you hold the moments dear to your heart

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The Value of a Caring Friend

When you are haunted by depression or severe anxiety, you need someone who is on your side. You need a good friend who understands and accepts you for who you really are. They are your support system for surviving the pain of mental and emotional suffering.

For people that are recovering from domestic abuse, they are also the person that reminds you that you never deserved the abuse. They are there to keep you from making the choice to go back, when you forget how bad the abuse was.

If you have any kind of mental illness or psychological injury to your brain, you need a support system. If there is a person that is always there for you when you are hurting, they are the key element to your support network. It is good to have other means for reaching out as well, but they are the one you can just be with, and you feel better.

People that really know you and care about you, know when something is wrong by the sound of your voice over the phone. They know by how you sound without you saying anything.

Those people are hard to come by. Value them and take care of them when you are able to. People that know how to listen, and care enough to notice how you are feeling are blessings to be cherished.

Most people are too busy with their own agendas to stop and pay attention to someone else. If someone pays enough attention to you in general to be able to tell when something is wrong, they are in the minority. If they then take the time to listen and to help you, then they are friends to be treasured.

I can only think of a few over the years.  Sometimes there are long periods of time with no one like that in your life. There are so few people who will ever care about you so much that they will drop what they are doing to listen. When they cannot, they will create a time for you as soon as they are able to. They will let you know to hang on and they are working on making a time for you, just because they care.

Do not take these people for granite or push them away carelessly. It could be years before you find another person you can call when you need help. Picture what it would be like not to have them in your lives. Then you will see how much of a blessing they are, even if they are not perfect.

I am not talking about abusers who are nice to you in between the abuse. I am talking about that person that really cares about your feelings and your well being. That person that can tell when you are upset about something before you tell them

This is the person who boosts your self esteem when you are crushed down by others. The one who helps you to feel good about yourself..

You may not have anyone like that right now, but they will come. When they do, remember what it was like when you had no one to call.

May all of you have or find someone who knows you and cares about you like that. Forgive them for their shortcomings and value them for just being there for you when you need them.

Blessings,

Annie

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My Soul Mate

Sometimes you meet someone

You know them somehow

It happens very rarely

Maybe once or twice

In a lifetime of stumbling

Through awkward relationships

But… there they are…

You know them…

You recognize their energy

You feel their heart

You have felt it before

They have been tucked in the back of your brain

In Your memory

You recognize the way it feels to connect with them

You recognize the way they react to you

They are a stranger…

And yet they are not

They tell you of their pain

You say “I understand”

How could you?

But you do

You know them, understand them

You smile when you first hear their voice

It is the first time you have met them

And yet, it is not…

I can’t explain why

But I know that I know him

I recognized him right away

Like from a distant dream…

My friend, my lover,

My companion, my brother,

My teacher, my student,

My relief, my excitement

My passion, my sympathy,

My connection to my heart

My connection to my compassion

My soul mate