Sunday, August 31, 2014
Being In A Hard Place
The big question becomes -- What do we do? How do we react to our difficulties? Do we crumble? Do we fight back? Do we abandon hope for a happy life?
I'm friends with a blogger in England. The name she uses online is Lotte (short for Charlotte) even though IRL she's a middle-aged man with a wife and a child. Lotte describes herself as a crossdresser (as distinct from a transsexual like me) but we both fall under the umbrella term "transgender." That's her on the right.
Lotte is in pain right now. I can sense it because I know her pain. It's profound sadness emerging from regret. Lotte isn't living a life that gives her happiness and feels penned in by her circumstances. To address this, she's started writing deep, soulful posts on her blog. A second installment just appeared ( here ).
If you have insight into how to find joy in life, you may want to offer Lotte advice. Or hope. Or support. I tried. When you know someone's pain, it's easier to feel empathy for them. And empathy expands our humanity and ability for connection.
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My heart goes out to her. Hopefully, her wife understands, and even celebrates, who she is.ReplyDelete
Oh Ally, such kind and thoughtful words, thanks for thinking of me.ReplyDelete
I can't remember when I first stumbled across your blog but I'm so glad I did. You're such a friendly, well liked blogger and I thank you for taking time to write some deep and meaningful replies to my posts, it means a lot that you did so x
i just cannot imagine that pain. she is so lucky to have your support as a meaningful friend.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing Lotte's blog. I hope more of your readers visit and comment. I have a feeling it will help.ReplyDelete
I read your comment on Lotte's blog ... You are a special human being!!!!ReplyDelete