"Rain showers my spirit and waters my soul." ~ unknown
I was deeply affected this week by two stories of teen challenges told to me by tearful mothers who are also dear friends. I was saddened to learn that children I knew as innocent toddlers and sweet kindergartners were facing so much pain and rejection on a daily basis. I gave great thanks in that moment for a seemingly mundane parenting journey and mostly happy teenage daughters. Sure, the girls and I have our arguments and they have occasional challenges, but for the most part, things easily resolve.
So this week when I set out to create my Life in Loud image, I had a story I wanted to tell. I wanted to work through the pain I was feeling for my friends and their children and speak to the compassion needed for our young people.
I enlisted the help of my oldest daughter and told her what I wanted to accomplish. We went to a vast field filled with new spring flowers. And while we were there, it started to rain. A perfect moment to photograph and capture the healing power of tears; a surrendering of sorts. There was nothing to do but enjoy the brief downpour and know that soon it would stop and the sun would start shining again.
If you have a teen in your home, hug him or her as soon as you see them. Let them know, they are not alone and that middle school and high school are only temporary. Life gets better and on the other side of these few years is a whole world of possibilities and opportunities. I reminded my daughters to stay true to who they know themselves to be and to be brave enough to reach out as a friends to others who feel alone or lost. Compassion, love and understanding carry tremendous healing.
Do you know someone who feels left out or left behind? Be the difference you want to see in the world. Each individual has the power to heal with a simple smile and a willingness to embrace everyone...differences and all.
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