Yesterday as I planned to write my first blog ever! I had a title “How to Keep your Cool in the Summer Heat” and I had notes about the pros and cons of summer. I had read and downloaded facts and figures about mental wellness and summer time heat. All very practical information but anyone could have easily pieced together that blog. Instead I want to share with you when the unexpected happens in life.
I arrived early for our Tuesday night Road to Recovery support group at the First Lutheran on Friendly Avenue. I set the chairs up in a circle and got out our tri-fold board of information. I had the sign in sheet ready to go. I glanced into the parking lot and my car is the only car in the parking lot. I sit there in the circle of chairs alone. I start to think…. what if no one comes……what does that say about me….. would I sit there by myself from 7:00 until 8:30???? To my relief slowly but surely people arrive. The room was full of chatter and everyone was settling into their seats, when the unexpected happen…..people jumped up from their chairs and there were squeals of excitement. I turned to see a friendly face, one I had not seen for many weeks. Sue ( name has been changed to protect group members identity) once a regular attendee was back! The reason Sue had been away is a story to long to tell in this blog but also doesn’t really matter. The group embraced her psychically and emotionally. We settled back into our seat and started group as we do every week. We did an ice breaker, introduced ourselves and went over the guidelines for group. As we opened up to sharing time, people shared how their week was going. People shared about improved relationships with family and changes in relationships with professials (ie…new psychiatrist and therapist). Some shared sad news about the illness of a beloved pet or a disappointment they had last week. But as each person spoke, they all took a moment to tell Sue how much her being a member of the group meant to each of them over the years.They shared stories of the impact Sue had made in each of their lives individually. Sue is the type to take time to talk with each person personally and has a special gift of compassion and understanding. Sue has brought to the group wonderful inspiring quotes. She is also the who had the group ending our time together by going around the room and saying one thing that we were grateful for in life. Sue has the lovely ability to keep us grounded. As our time together was coming to an end last night, there was not a dry eye in the place. The room was filled with unconditional love and unconditional acceptances.
What brings us together at Tuesday night Road to Recovery support group is the common bond of having a mental health diagnosis but what keeps us coming back is something so special I can’t find the words to describe it.
I wish everyone a well week.