“I see you. I feel your pain. I send love.”
Those words were uttered to me by a homeless man last spring. I was was sitting in a café, passing time as I waited for my son’s art class to end. As I sat there, I was overcome with a wave of grief for a recent loss in my life. I turned my head towards the window, closed my eyes, and felt the tears slipping down my cheeks. The sadness washed over me like a wave, and while I wanted to will the tears away, I was unable to stop them.
Suddenly, I felt a touch on my shoulder. As I opened my eyes, I saw a gentleman with scraggly scruff on his face, wearing a tattered coat, standing beside me. I recognized him as the man that was usually standing in front of the café, holding a can, and asking for change.
His kindness, and those words, have stuck with me as I moved through difficult times. So I share them with you today.
From the messages I received in light of the loss of Robin Williams, the information below bears repeating, and please, share this number with others. Please, reach out to someone.
If you or someone you love, is suffering from depression, and you are in the United States, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at: 1-800-273-8255.
I see you. I feel your pain. I send love. You are NOT alone.