When in doubt… Hug!!!

I want to keep the circumstances private but recently I had a situation where things were out of my control and I was unable to work, eat, sleep or even think straight.

I did receive a tremendous amount of support from friends, family, clients and even strangers!  I can’t begin to tell you how hard it was/is to accept their help but I couldn’t refuse.  I thought that I would chronicle those things here so that if anyone you know is in crisis that there are ways that you can help make their day a little better.  I wanted to make this list for myself so I could pay it forward next time and help brighten someone else’s day.

Here are some of the many thoughtful things that people did for us that meant so much….

  1. HUGS!!!! The longer and tighter the better.
  2. Drop off food and yes healthy food that can be frozen or taken on the run if need be.  (treats are good too 😉
  3. Tea,  buy it, make it, book time to just sit and drink tea with them so they can talk.
  4. A care package:  Soft kleenex, snacks, magazines, blistex, hand cream, advil… you think of it … put it in there! Little messages with the care package even better!
  5. Wine… no hints just saying that sometimes wine is like Tea… it needs to replenish the soul.
  6. Walk the dog… this one was hard to accept but trust in that both Zoe and I appreciated every one!
  7. Walk or run with the friend… take her out for some fresh air to let her just breathe.
  8. Wear something ridiculous (like spotted socks) to make her smile.
  9. Offer to help with their kids, pick ups at school or playdates.
  10. Sit and just shoot the breeze, tell jokes, talk about what is going on in your life… distract them from their worries.
  11. Flowers… again no hints but just know that flowers brighten the room.
  12. Send texts or emails but don’t expect them to respond.

Sometimes life is out of control but it is our friends that keep us Healthy and if not Happy then at least brighten their day xo to all of you that helped and continue to help friends in need.