If you feel hopeless, have I got a story for you! A dream, to be more specific.
First, here’s a short list of what’s new on Blossom:
10 Time-Tested Ways to Know if You Love Someone – My favourite tips are the ones from divorce attorneys – they know a surprising amount about love.
How to Write a Strong Cover Letter and Get That Job – because you never know when you’ll have to sell yourself, right?
How to Write Powerful Words That Grab Attention – I plucked the five best ways to tell powerful stories from an awesome book called Power Words.
7 Ways to Deal With Depression After a Breakup – especially helpful if you’re struggling with hopelessness and despair. Don’t let the “after a breakup” part fool you. It’s for all types of healing.
And finally – How to Get Rid of the Worst PMS Symptoms Right Now. Did you know that iron helps lessen symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, and potassium can increase your pain? So the researchers say, anyway.
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Blossoming When You Have No Hope Left
Last night I dreamt that two people brought Zoey back to me. She was my cat, who I had to give away 15 years ago when I moved to Africa.
Long ago, I gave up hope of ever touching Zoey again – or even catching a glimpse of her! When those two people (one was a veterinarian, the other a vet assistant) told me they were bringing her back to me, I didn’t believe them. They even told me in advance, to give me time to prepare.
I refused to believe.
I’d given up hope, and I couldn’t allow myself to accept the possibility that it could be true. I’d stopped looking, stopped believing. I thought too much time had passed.
The veterinarian and his friend didn’t just give me my cat back, they gave me a piece of myself that had been missing for years. It broke my heart to give Zoey away, and I never fully recovered. We never really “get over” the pain of losing someone, do we?
In my dream last night, I received something even more precious than the cat I deeply loved. I was given the gift of restoration and healing, surrender and acceptance. A piece of my heart came home to me.
What have you given up on? Have you stopped hoping for something you truly wanted…and perhaps even needed? Maybe you’ve even been told it’s coming back to you, but you just can’t believe it.
Maybe it’s not too late. Maybe you won’t get it back the exact way, shape, or form you expect. Maybe you won’t get the specific person, possession, or dream that you want…but maybe you’ll be given back a piece of your heart. And maybe that’ll be even better.
Stay open. Let yourself believe. Receive.
Are you struggling with hopelessness? Read How to Hold on to Hope When Life Seems Hopeless.
I welcome your thoughts below. I can’t give advice, but you may find that writing helps you feel less alone. Perhaps even more hopeful.
Blessings and Blossoms,
Laurie's "She Blossoms" Books
Growing Forward When You Can't Go Back offers hope, encouragement, and strength for women walking through loss. My Blossom Tips are fresh and practical - they stem from my own experiences with a schizophrenic mother, foster homes, a devastating family estrangement, and infertility.
How to Let Go of Someone You Love: Powerful Secrets (and Practical Tips!) for Healing Your Heart is filled with comforting and healthy breakup advice. The Blossom Tips will help you loosen unhealthy attachments to the past, seal your heart with peace, and move forward with joy.
When You Miss Him Like Crazy: 25 Lessons to Move You From Broken to Blossoming After a Breakup will help you refocus your life, re-create yourself, and start living fully again! Your spirit will rise and you'll blossom into who you were created to be.