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Suffering In Silence: A Smile Doesn’t Mean Everything’s Okay

Suffering In Silence

Suffering in silence.

 

It’s an epidemic in today’s society, how do I know because I’ve been there. I’ve been the person that is suffering in silence because I don’t want to burden anyone with my problems. I will go through things and tell everyone “It’s okay” when I feel like I am fighting a losing battle. When I have felt like the world is closing in on me. I am lucky, though, I am alive and have made it through the dark moments. Not everyone is so lucky!

Do those who are suffering in silence want it to be that way? No, they want someone to notice that maybe things aren’t as great as they look on the outside. They want someone to see that it’s not okay; they want someone who cares. Someone to be there for them. So much of the time people who are suffering in silence feel like the world is suffocating them. They withdraw from in-person interactions because they are hurting.

When someone is suffering in silence, they need someone who will reach out and say “I know you aren’t okay, and I’m here to hold your hand”. Someone to just listen, even if that person can’t fix the problem. Someone to say, “You aren’t alone.”

We need to be aware of those who are hurting deep down because those who are suffering in silence are the ones who need someone to notice. They need someone to see that they are hurting. Your smile or hug or listening ear could be what saves that person from falling deeper into a pit that one day they may not be able to get out of. When you feel like you should talk to someone, it could be God trying to nudge you. People who are hurting don’t always reach out for help; they don’t want to burden others. So, God can use you and me to meet the need of companionship they have.

Sometimes someone just needs a friend. Someone outside their family, someone who can say I am here to listen and not judge you. I am here to hold your hand when you are anxious, to hug you when you are afraid, to comfort you when you are hurting. One small action can make a difference to someone who is suffering in silence.

What difference can an awareness of those around us make? Could being aware save a life? Take time today to listen for a nudge or even look with your eyes and see if something doesn’t seem quite right. Chances are those who need someone to step in and be there; you will see it on their face or in their actions. A smile doesn’t always mean everything’s okay. Sometimes a smile is trying to hide the suffering and darkness a person feels inside; we just have to take the time to be aware. Being aware and taking the time to reach out to people is so crucial, in fact, it could very well save someone’s life!

If you are someone who feels like they don’t have anyone, please feel free to reach out to me. I know there is nothing worse than feeling alone and while I may not know you, I do understand.

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Toni is a professional lifestyle blogger living on the sunny Florida Gulf Coast. She has a passion for Disney, Travel, Fashion, Cooking, Tech, Family Fun Ideas, Reviews, Giveaways and loves being able to share that with her readers!
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