Grandma once gave me a tip:
During difficult times, you move forward in small steps.
Do what you have to do, but little by bit.
Don't think about the future, not even what might happen tomorrow.
Wash the dishes.
Take off the dust.
Write a letter.
Make some soup.
Do you see?
You are moving forward step by step.
Take a step and stop.
Get some rest.
Take another step.
Then another one.
You won't notice, but your steps will grow bigger and bigger.
And time will come when you can think about the future without crying.
(Elena Mikhalkova, "The Room of Ancient Keys")
The Years which have gone by have been a struggle for me mentally, however each day, each struggle, I have been finding myself, in the past few months, at a well enough place most days where I am being more mindful of coping strategies to overcome the struggles I have faced in the past, or still face within my mind in my present.
It has been a long journey, but with the support and unconditional love of my husband, family and friends, as well as my Doctor, Mental Health Programs, Counseling & my Community Support Worker, I have been moving forward with small steps, even though I still think about the future and cry, I am not feeling as lonely as I have in the past years upon years.
Reach out for hope, for without hope there is not. Move forward each day, Step by Step with Hope... I love the message in this "tip"... it in itself lends to giving one hope.
This is all she wrote, "Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard"