We all face some problems with no real solution. There are periods in every life when trials must be endured, and difficulties faced. This week, I’m struggling with what to do when a loved one is suffering, and there’s nothing I can do.
Yet, doing nothing isn’t an option. I can’t solve the problem, but I can insert my love and affection between a person I care about and her pain.
When there’s nothing else to do, I can help by being available.
I can offer my ears, and listen.
I can offer my heart, and empathize.
I can offer my time, and share it with someone who is feeling unheard, unappreciated, and disenfranchised.
I can’t solve her problem, but I can be present.
It doesn’t feel like enough, but it’s all that I can do.
7 thoughts on “How to help when there is nothing you can do?”
Beautiful, love this. Using what we have. So simple but powerful!
Sorry to hear your loved one is struggling. Praying for you and your loved one.
And prayers, yes. We can always offer those, too.
And you can be aware that you have the support of strangers. All the very best to you all.
Now I need to pull out my best southern accent:
“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”
Do Brits read Tennessee Williams?
Thank you for the smile.
Everybody reads Tennessee Williams… and Samuel Clemens.
One hopes, but I had to explain O. Henry’s importance to a (well educated) friend from New Zealand, so one never knows. It’s better not to assume.