Tag Archives: vulnerability

LoveGram: You can get through this.

 

 

Hello beautiful friend.

Today I send you a sweet song from the seventies. (Literally!)

I send you the sound of the wind through the trees at the end of a long, hot day.

I send you a chipmunk, scurrying across the porch — bringing a smile to your face.

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Welcome to your Sunday audio LoveGram

I was visiting my mom last week and pulled out a big ole bin of 45’s. Are you old enough to remember those? They are the little records with one popular song on Side A and one not-so-popular song on side B.

Today I start your LoveGram playing a snippet from one of those oldie-but-goodies. Hope you like it!

Aside from stumbling across records, this week I also stumbled across an Evernote file labeled, “Hard stuff. Loss. Beauty.”

So, in today’s audio LoveGram, we talk about a few reminders about what to do when things feel hard.

I read you what I found in that file. Hopefully it will be as helpful to you as it was to me.

There were some great reminders that are helping me over a few bumps in the road, for sure.

(To listen to the audio, just click over to this page, scroll down, and hit “play” on the audio player.)

 

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Here are just a few teasers — or maybe you could call ‘em the CliffsNotes. (Yep, weird name, right? I always thought it was Cliff Notes.)

  • Feel your feelings; don’t stuff ‘em down.
  • It’s okay to tell someone that you are going through a hard time or that you are sad.
  • People want to be there for you. You are not burdening them.
  • The hardest part is initially taking off the armor.
  • Someone else has gone through what you are going through; find their guidance and let it support you.
  • Expressing stuff helps it move through us. It feels good. I promise.
  • Let yourself be human! We all have a whole range of emotions. That’s what makes us who we are. Let’s accept all the joy, all the mess, and all the tears and all the smiles.

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We humans are so odd, aren’t we? We know that we always feel better when we are vulnerable and we let someone support us. But wow, it can be hard.

I’m here to encourage you.

Listen to my audio.

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Thank you for being by my side. I’m here, walking with you, through all the ups and downs.

You are not alone.

You are loved.

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

 

When we need help.

 

Hello my beautiful friend.

Here’s your link to today’s LoveGram.

My conversation with you today is about asking for help when we are unsteady on our feet.

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On Friday I sent you an email confessing how hard it is for me to reach out to people when I am in a hard place. (“Meet Cardboard Sherry!”)

In that email, I included a poem and some beautiful wisdom by my friend, Maya. If you missed it, you can read that here. 

(Her poem is wonderful for when we feel shaky!)

A lot of you wrote to say that just like me, when you are having a hard time, it can be hard to reach out.

You shared with me your own struggles with feeling like a burden or letting down your guard. You shared with me how hard it is to be vulnerable and how it can feel as if once we start crying, we may never stop.

I’m so grateful to each of you. To those who wrote. And to those who didn’t, but who held the space with all of us by silently nodding your heads.

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I’m grateful to each of you who is feeling strong and who is holding the ground for someone in your life who isn’t.

I’m grateful to each of you who, like me, is practicing every day how to be real with the people we love.

I started these Sunday LoveGrams back in March, 2020 when the pandemic first took us all by surprise. I had no idea how much loss and change and uncertainty was ahead of all of us.

These have been truly challenging times.

And yet, if you are reading this, HERE YOU ARE.

HERE WE ARE.

Together.

Sharing all of our joys and grief. Sharing ideas on how we can love people in our life and let them know how much they mean to us. Sharing ways to celebrate life — even when we are lost in the darkness.

Celebration and sadness are two sides of the same coin. When we are going through hard things and we allow ourselves to connect with people in a vulnerable way, we flip the coin.

The sadness may still be there, but there is a quiet, love-filled celebration that comes from sharing real life with another human being.

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So, on the audio today I explore more why this is so important to do, even when everything in us wants to hide.

Click here to listen.

Thanks for being by my side. I’m here for you, too.

We are holding ground for one another through all of the everything of life.

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry

LoveGram: Open the Door

 

 

Hello to you — a blessing in my life.

Today I send you that feeling when you dream of discovering a new room in your house that you never knew was there.

I send you a heavy oak door, cracked open just enough for the sun to pour in from an unseen window.

I send you kintsugi, something broken and mended with gold.

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My dear friend, I know that the past two years have been filled with grief, loss, loneliness, anger, and disappointment. I know the world can sometimes feel cruel or uncaring.

I know sometimes it all feels flat.

But, we can push through. We can create tiny moments of meaning for ourselves and others.

It’s possible. And, it doesn’t have to take a lot of time or energy.

We can make the choice to create more touchpoints of goodness in our lives.

I believe this is one of the paths that will save us from feeling lonely, isolated, exhausted, and disappointed.

I believe this is the way we will help save others.

Moment by sweet moment.

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Welcome to your weekly audio LoveGram.

In today’s LoveGram, I continue our recent conversations about expanding the container of love in our lives.

About touchpoints, connection, and reaching out. About finding more zest and meaning by opening up to people we meet on the sidewalk or in stores.

Today in my audio, you get to meet Imee and Staci, two people who care about relationships and making meaning.

I’ve included tiny snippets of conversations from the last week about how we connect with one another more.

(To listen to the audio, just click over to this page, scroll down, and hit “play” on the audio player.)

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Today’s audio is a little longer than usual. I had a lot to say! This topic is truly important for our well-being, for healing.

See if you can find time to take a walk and listen. Or, lie on the coach and listen. Or maybe grab the broom, put on your headphones or AirPods, and sweep the patio.

If it is warm outside and you have a yard, maybe lie down in the grass to listen?

While you are listening, please ask yourself whether you have closed some doors over the past couple years. Have you built walls around yourself?

Is it time to open your heart a little, like that oak door, to let in a slant of sunlight?

Is it time to reconnect with people in a new way? One that brings a rush of energy and good feelings?

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We are almost halfway through 2022. Could this year end with you feeling more love and connection?

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Listen, friend — I see you.

I see your generous heart.

I see the ways you care and how you offer love.

The world needs this.

We need YOU.

So many people are hurt and suffering. Can you be someone’s pinprick of light today?

Please, open the door to love.

Seek celebration — even in dark corners,

xo Sherry