Ugh, I feel like an ass. I’ve railed before against using common platitudes with people who are struggling – with depression or other personal problems.
Yet, today… Faced with a friend who was struggling and crying… I didn’t know what else to say, so I said “I’ll be praying for you.”
I became the very person I dislike in these cases. I apologized shortly after for not really knowing the words to say or the ability to affect their situation in any real way. I suppose at least I recognize what I said in the moment wasn’t ideal.
It’s still gonna weigh on my mind for awhile though… sigh.
Also, recently I found out that “Leroy” self harmed pretty badly earlier this year in which he needed medical attention and has left scars. Oh, the desire to squeeze the ever loving tar out of him. Unfortunately, even if I had stayed in Australia, he moved earlier this year as well so no matter my wish to support him as I used to – it just isn’t anywhere near possible. Luckily with moving and with his current relationship, he is doing a lot better over all… so hopefully that helps his mental health somewhat. Better than the damage some of his circumstances were doing to him before at least.
In other news I’d like to note that the reason I’m absent of late is that I have a publishing contract for an unfinished manuscript – that I must finish by Dec 15… so all my writing time must be focused on that for the time being. I’ll be back more regularly as soon as I’m able 🙂