We will all experience difficult situations in our lives. Some of us will learn from them and move on, while some will take each of these experiences and, like heavy bricks, throw them in a backpack and carry them into every relationship.
As we talk to someone that is weighed down by their bricks, they may start emptying out their backpack, reminding us, and themselves yet again, about each past painful experience, and use those bricks to build a wall between us and them.
If you feel the weight is a bit too much, embrace professional help, then lean into gratitude and mindfulness. With that lens, some of the bricks may start to break down, and you may be able to use some to build a staircase to a brighter future.
But what if we know someone that is immobilized by the weight of the bricks in their backpack. Well, now more than ever, here are some things we can do to help them lighten their load:
-Spend quality, uninterrupted time with them.
-Love them unconditionally.
-Listen, not to respond, but so they can be heard.
-Remind them of their past victories.
-Cook a meal with them.
And remember to take care of your own self.
Do you have some bricks you need to unpack? Or do you need to help someone lighten their backpack?