by Consuela Parsons

There are lots of things I strive for in life . . .
Raise healthy kids
Have a strong marriage
Continuously grow in my faith and my relationship with God
Create friendships
Be a person who makes my community a better place to live
Show others love
Stand up for what’’s right and confront what is wrong
. . . I’’m kind of a hippie do-gooder.

But the thing I want to share today is about the “me too” life. Brené Brown says the two most powerful words when we’re in a struggle are ““me too.””  We’’re all in a struggle, have been in a struggle, or will be in a struggle.  That’’s encouraging . . . not so much. But if we embrace the “me too” life we don’t have to do it alone.

This quote is really simple, but . . .
When you’’re in a crisis and feel all alone . . . “”me too”” is a beacon of hope.
As a mother, when I want to run away because I feel like a failure . . . “me too”” is a lifeline.
When you’’re struggling with infertility, chronic illness, or depression . . . “me too”” cracks the door to a very dark room.
When you’’re grieving the loss of a loved one . . . “me too”” says things won’t be the same, but there is hope.
When you’’re doubting your faith . . . “me too”” says you’’re not alone.
When you just want to give up . . . “me too”” says keep going.

Do you see the power in those tiny two words, those 5 letters, those two syllables?  It’’s not really the words it’’s the person saying or hearing the words.

If I’’m saying “me too,” it means I’’m listening and being honest.  It means someone trusts me enough to share their hurts, hopes, failures, and dreams.

If I’’m hearing “me too,” it means I’’m sharing and being vulnerable. It means – I’’m not carrying this burden alone.

You have this power to share. Every person has this power.  Will you use this power?
Join me in the “me too” life.

 

Consuela Parsons spends most of her week juggling the demands of four young children and a needy husband.  When she’s not in the trenches of motherhood, she speaks and writes on the topics of family, marriage, and diversity.  You can connect with her on Twitter @timandconsuela or visit her bloghttp://www.timandconsuela.com/.

Reposted with permission. This article originally appeared here.

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