Behind every challenge is an opportunity to help others.
A few months ago I met with a client who has MS. She had struggled with her diagnosis but was positive about moving forward to feel less defined by her disease.
As she faces a long road through therapy towards a new normal, I suggested she start a blog about the journey to help her heal. Being able to share our challenges not only allows us to "get it out" and make sense of it, but it means we also have the ability to help others feel less alone if they've found themselves down a similar road.
Just this week I was approached by the mum of an 8 year old boy who has recently been diagnosed with an auto immune disease. This diagnosis will change his appearance which is difficult for anyone, but particularly so for children.
They came to me because he had the idea to write a book about it. The book was originally written to try and explain his health problem to his friends and classmates. If we look beyond his sphere of influence to the thousands of other children who have a similar diagnosis, his book may well become more than just a way for him to cope; it could become a way to help others cope too.
This morning I finished editing his book and I'm delighted to have been invited on his journey. It's not a journey you'd wish upon someone, but for this young man who is already on it, it's great to see he's embraced the opportunity to light the way.
His book reminded me that every single one of us has a chance to help others feel supported.
Our writing can't promise to help fix the problems of the world, but it can definitely be an opportunity to help people feel less alone.
Have you read a book or blog post that has helped you through a challenge?
What challenges have you had that may be an opportunity to help others?
A problem shared is a problem halved. Let's all help carry the load today.