Thank You

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There is a deep appreciation that I have not acknowledged, a personal moment that I will remember for the rest of my life. Where a person’s compassion was not afraid to speak in a moment when they could have remained silent. This gratitude I wish to extend to a stranger’s voice that reached me in my raw grief.

Sincerely, Deeply, Thank You.

Several years ago, I cried a daughter’s tears. I wept a deep anguish in the back of a bathroom stall. Hidden to the world, I refused to be seen, yet my silence could not be contained. In the acceptance of a sentence that was soon to occur, I bawled. Ugly, unforgiving sobs, cowering in the face of my future.

In the middle of my pain, not recognizing there was another person in the world, a voice drifted to me. A real individual whose face I would never see, reached out simply, beautiful and heartfelt. She told me, “I’m sorry.”

This stranger, not so strange to the voice of anguish showed me her strength. Shared her light with the breath of her words, unnecessary, yet she made a huge impact, and I still hear her voice to this day. Loving, caring, real.

Grief is a strange-bird. Rendering those watching, speechless, afraid of what to say or how to say it and in the end often say nothing. Why? Because it renders those in the wings, uncomfortable. I share this moment with you mostly because I have never felt touched by an unknown individual who knew not even my name. I was in another state and very much alone.

In those few words, her deep sentiment is still felt. The reality is she could have left that same room and said nothing. I would not have even known she was there or existed, but she made a choice, a choice to speak out loud. To change a reality that I now live, but where her whisper is still felt.

Never be afraid to speak when there are kind things to be said. Send Sunshine.

Photo Credit to the beautiful Terri Webster-Schrandt

I dedicate this to Kristen, you are the strong face to many. “I’m sorry, and you are so loved.” Heaven is but a breath away, be well and know how very proud you have made her.

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    1. From the heart, thank you!

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  1. dray0308 says:

    Reblogged this on Dream Big, Dream Often and commented:
    This is Send Sunshine!!

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    1. Thank you, Dray. ❤

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  2. Amen! Such a simple truth but so hard to put into practice. Beautiful story, thank you for sharing:)

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  3. That was such a kindness. Something neither of you will ever forget.

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  4. Jen says:

    I’m glad this person was there for you when you felt so alone. Such simple gestures can make a great impact on someone. Thank you for sharing. Xoxo

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  5. What a kind and compassionate gesture. There is goodness in the world and when we have the opportunity to witness it, it is beautiful❤️

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    1. It still brings me to tears and goosebumps. ❤

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      1. I bet. I get the same way when I experience or hear something so encouraging. It touches such a deep part of me. In that single moment, to feel someone really cares about your pain warms my heary

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  6. Felicia says:

    This is beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Felicia. There can be beautiful moments even in very dark times.

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      1. Felicia says:

        My pleasure! I totally agree

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  7. mihrank says:

    wow – this is so touching, elegant words!

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    1. Bring light, share love. You always do!

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  8. e says:

    Neautiful

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      1. e says:

        Omgoodness pardon my typo! It’s BEAUTIFUL🌺🌺🌺 Blessings! e

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      2. Oh I knew what you meant!

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  9. JC says:

    Something so simple yet we find it hard to believe that a few words can make all the difference in a life. These words make up the very fabric of the universe and without them, we are all missing something.

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  10. Dymoon says:

    thank you for sharing

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  11. bacardi gold says:

    Somebody who says, “I’m sorry” is a strong individual and it changes the feelings to whom it is intended. I felt the strength though it is in letters. Awesomely written…

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  12. cmblackwood says:

    Beautiful, powerful & inspiring . . . as always

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  13. Love this! It was just what I needed today.

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    1. Always ❤ and light! Thank you!

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  14. Simply beautiful and wonderfully written, Jessica. You sent sunshine to me with this heartfelt post. The photo looks amazing 🙂

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  15. Souldiergirl says:

    Jessica- this has brought me tears from my depth. I feel so loved and really overcome. You are such a beautiful person. Wow- thank you so much. I am hugging you with my whole soul. You are so incredibly loved sunshine.

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  16. Souldiergirl says:

    Reblogged this on Souldier Girl and commented:
    Please read this deeply touching piece by our sunshine girl, Jessica. Love you 💜

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  17. wafflemethis says:

    Reblogged this on wafflemethis and commented:
    This is a truly beautiful read

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    1. Much love my friend! 💛

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      1. wafflemethis says:

        And to you my dear❤

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  18. Thank you to a lovely warm-hearted Soldier Girl, who shared this on her side.
    This is simply very lovely and I am deeply touched.
    Yes, grief is a strange bird and few people are in it and have this struggle with grief everyday with no ends to it.
    Beautifully written from your deepest heart.

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    1. 💛always! Thank you!

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  19. A very heartfelt moment Jessica, never forgotten…and made with a love from that unconditional place within us all. It is a beacon to our journey, of which you now send to another with that same unconditional love.
    Beautifully written from a heart that now understands. Namaste

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    1. Always light, always love!

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  20. secretangel says:

    Beautiful and heart-felt words… God bless you!

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  21. Thank you for sharing such a moment in your grief and pain… Sharing it shows how when we reach out, be it only with a few words, in that moment healing is felt and never forgotten..

    Many thanks for sharing..
    Blessings Sue

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  22. Cry and Howl says:

    I can’t think of anything cool to say Jessica. Just know you’ve touched this Texan’s heart.

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    1. You are a true friend to me and I cannot tell you what that means, 💛 always to you and yours!

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  23. Reblogged this on ENLIGHTENMENT ANGELS and commented:
    “Never be afraid to speak when there are kind things to be said.”

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    1. Thank you for this! Always 💛, always light!

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    2. Thank you for the re-blogs! Happy New Year!

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      1. Of course my dear, Happy New Year!

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