When someone is brave, in the middle of sorrow;
When they somehow find the voice to speak – because they want a new tomorrow.
When all they can do to form some words, is whisper in your ear;
Don’t criticize their broken lives – they trusted you through their fear.
When someone reaches out – but their words seem to make no sense;
Listen with your open heart, it’s not about content.
When someone is breaking down in front of you, please don’t turn away,
You might be the one person – who helps them through the day.
When someone admits they are worried, when confusion and sadness sets in;
Even a gesture of a caress on the hand could be the biggest difference.
Don’t make it all about you, don’t try to give advice;
Just be there fully present, look deep into their eyes.
When someone comes to you – not sure how to stop the tears;
Let them know you’ll stand beside them, though the answers are not clear.
Never challenge a shattered soul, who speaks of taking their life,
Though we may know, the moment will go;
The emotions are real in their strife.
When someone asks for help, guide them to a source;
Without judgement or opinion, encourage them to that course.
When someone trusts in you, to share the darkest hours;
Be grateful and humbled they see in you – a garden of healing flowers.