Melissy asked that I share this with you all…
How can I express how my heart sings as I think of the friends I have made, who have loved me and comforted me as I go through this shock? Through your words and even, I am embarrassed to say, your wallets, have reached out to me and showed me that I am not alone while I feel so fragile and if I allow, for one moment, this situation to overwhelm me, to shatter me into a million tiny pieces.
How can I say thank you enough and make sure that each and every one of you can hear me?
I am working on so many deadlines, that I have to compartmentalize my days and I have not had a chance to thank each and every one of you personally for your support as I should. With the sudden unemployment, a forced move looming, and the clock ticking, I have traded one type of stress for another, yet life goes on. I WILL get to you all. Please be patient with me.
I know I am not the only person experiencing this trauma and my heart breaks for others who find themselves in the same boat.
I have to go through all my stuff and sort what is necessary from the disposable and am finding that part of this that is very cathartic.
I am being forced to look at things through a new set of eyes. For me, I am realizing that sometimes God removes us from things that are detrimental to us, at others, He shakes us out of our comfort zones and forces us to walk in faith and step out into the unknown.
God has never taken me, after I have fallen on my backside and not placed me gently back on my feet.
I hold fast to that and I realize that God works through people and we have to allow them to help, which is probably the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. I have worked so hard for so many years to NOT depend on people, that this is a new experience for me.
Beauty from ashes.
Even those of you who are not believers, you too are a huge part of this miracle in this time of my life.
When I believe that mankind has truly lost their collective minds, you have been here, to listen, to cry and good night, have a full blown belly laugh at the commentary.
THAT is what you have done for me.
This Porch has been a home to me for many years, an online haven, when I was overwhelmed, I could come here and glean a little sanity and dear heavens, humor in some of the gravest of situations. I have always rather felt like the ‘tard of the bunch, particularly after the lightning strike several years ago, as I lost the ability to express myself as well in my writing as I used to, but oh how I love reading your words.
Y’all help more than you can ever know.
This picture is my happy place, a peaceful, fun time and the last time I was able to relax and I recall it in my mind to just remember to give thanks for the day and all the wonderful people I have met here.
This is what I picture as I think of all y’all have done for me to restore my faith in mankind. All is not lost and I hold that dearly in my heart.
Thank you, my fellow travelers in this thing we call life.
I love you all.
— Melissa in Texas