Have you ever noticed that clichés have become so ingrained on us as a society? Have you ever wondered why that is?
I used to get so frustrated by clichés, regardless of if I was the one giving it or receiving it, I hated them. I would downplay them any chance I got. Try and convince people to not listen to them and then laugh at them when they did believe them.
But then I realized something. Clichés exist for a reason.
There is an element of truth behind them.
Being our Hope Line moderator for the past month, I've found myself giving more advice than I have in a long time. Sometimes I wait a bit before I reply because I want to give the best advice I can and because due to the heaviness of some of these messages, I spend time in prayer. And I never wanted to give out clichés to people seeking advice or inspiration. Like putting a bandaid on a huge wound would make a difference.
I downplayed the effects that the simple words "It gets better" could have on a person.
But then I realized, I wouldn't be where I was if I hadn't begun to own those words for myself at some point. As much as I hated clichés, I had to own those words if I wanted to get better. Once I began to realize that I was worth it and that I would get better, I had such a liberating feeling come over me. An unexplainable peace.
If you find yourself in a place where you aren't able to own those words yet, just hold on. That day will come. You can make it. You will make it. You were made for this moment.
Here's to the many moments to come for all of us.
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Until next time,