Posted by Racer on October 8, 1999, at 2:20:22
In reply to Re: Help, posted by Noa on October 8, 1999, at 0:43:56
Noa, that was really wonderful. I love that image, because it's so true. In that place (and many of you know how bad I was a month or two ago), it's so difficult to see that there is any hope, or any reason to hope FOR hope. It's just dark and dim and ugly, and awful.
What a great board, and what great people. Most of us are only halfway there ourselves, and yet we're the first to reach out when someone else needs a hand to hold. Why are we, the most generous spirited group, the ones to suffer this way? Maybe that's the trade off? Maybe it's our suffering that makes it possible for us to empathize and want to help? Just a thought.
Noa, your post really moved me. Thank you.
> Help, me too.
> I'd also like to suggest an alternative image to the one about taking some of your pain. It is the image of us holding your hope for you, until you are ready to hold it for yourself. When depressed, I have always had difficulty believing there is hope for change, and I have needed someone else to hold the hope for me, so it doesn't get lost altogether, cuz I certainly couldn't hold on to it.