IMG_5100 So true, right?

I have been feeling this way recently.  Overwhelmed and finding myself needing to put one foot in front of the other.  When this happens I tend to go into my shell...after all, I am a cancer and that is what we crabs do, right?...but lately I have been trying something different.  Lately I have been reaching out to my friends and admitting that I am struggling.

I don't usually like to do that.  We all have our own stresses and worries and I don't like to burden others with my own.  I also am aware that if I am not careful my worries can quickly become too overblown in my mind...have you ever done that?...and silence out the optimist in me, the part of me that is ever hopeful, ever mindful of looking for the silver lining.

I like to be the strong one.  The one people can lean on and depend on.  But lately...

...but lately I have begun to realize that it is sometimes okay to admit when I am the one who is needing a shoulder.

The greatest gift I have been given in admitting my vulnerability is the realization that my friends are there for me, that it is okay to say I need you to take my hand, if only for a little while.

It's okay.

I know that people use the word 'blessed' very freely, I am guilty of it as well, but I am.  Blessed.  I am blessed to have friends who love me, who support me, who are happy to take my hand.

{and this blessing extends to my loving family as well...}

This is my thank you to them.  My thank you to you.

You are so very loved.  By me.