I came across this quote and was profoundly touched by the reversal of it's simple truth. When a loved one is suffering, we usually want to bring a meal, watch his/her children, or send a kind text. While these are all thoughtful gestures, what we sometimes miss out on is really standing with someone in their pain. Lending a listening ear, giving space to be silent, extending time for the loved one to either scream or cry--these are just a few simple ways we can stand in someone's pain. For a "do-er" like me, this is a challenge and a great reminder that sometimes "standing there" is the best way to express our love and concern.
One committed to processing truth, finding light in the darkness, savoring the simple, and living fully.