Sometimes, We Just Need Someone to Be There

One of the hardest things to learn how to do

is to simply be present with people and their pain.

To allow pain to just be.

To refrain from trying to change pain

or fix pain

or erase pain

or escape, forget, or relieve pain.

But instead to simply and powerfully

bear witness to a person moving through pain

surviving pain

embracing pain

and discovering for themselves

their own ability to bear it

to heal it

to discover its lessons

and to evolve into the unique awakenings

that can only occur as a result of learning how to transmute and transform pain

into something beautiful

and strong

and brave

and free.