Posts tagged ‘october’

October 1, 2013

October challenge: Reach out (In memory of a lost friend)

This month’s challenge is in memory of my friend Anita, who took her own life at the end of August.

This October, I challenge you to reach out to someone you know who may be going though a difficult time. Even if that person seems fine on the outside, reach out anyway; they may be hurting more than you know inside. Even if that person doesn’t ask for help, reach out anyway; they may not know how to ask for support, or they may not think themselves worthy of it. Reach out even if they don’t want you to do so. Reach out even if you think it silly or unnecessary or far too intrusive. Make that phone call, make that visit, give that hug, speak that kind word of support or encouragement. Share your own dark moments, if you are comfortable doing so, to help that person see that they are not alone in what they are experiencing, and that there is hope for the future. Reach out in any way you can, however small. In the end, your single act of caring may be the one thing that pulls that person back from the brink of despair, back onto the road of life.

Peace be with you, Anita. The world is less bright without you in it.

October 31, 2012

Staring down a fear: Did you meet October’s challenge?

On October 1, I posted this challenge of the month:  Do one thing that scares you.

Now, on October 31, (and, fittingly, on Halloween), it’s time to reflect back on this challenge.  Did you confront a fear — large or small — and act anyway?  Were you able to consciously blast through one of your boundaries, creep into the corners of your comfort zone, or defy your own perceptions of “possible” versus “impossible”?  What was the result?

Whatever your experience, be proud of your efforts.  Even the simple act of acknowledging a fear is a major step towards one day overcoming it.

To quote a Japanese proverb:

Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.

Delve into the murk.  I’ll bet the bottom isn’t as distant, nor as dark, as you think.

Happy Halloween.  halloween smiley