Today I wanted to give thanks to those folks who find the strength to take risks in sharing their struggles with others. Doing so helps us gain perspective, which heightens our awareness, which creates context, which gives us a better understanding of the world around us, and so on.
Even when I can’t personally relate to that individual’s struggles, I know that they’re reaching someone somewhere, making their life that much better just by sharing.
Here’s an example: Trichotillomania. This is an impulse control disorder categorized in the DSM-IV (published by the APA) that leads to noticeable hair loss, distress, and social or functional impairment. How do I know this? I’m not a “puller.”
But my friend, Dawn, is. So is another friend that we share. In fact, in Dawn’s blog, It’s Trichy, she posted an entry the other day (“Strength in Numbers“) in which she states that an estimated 1 out of 50 people suffers from Trichotillomania. If you work in an office of 50 people, chances are someone has Trich and you don’t even know it. Family reunion? Two people. Wedding? Five. I feel a little more aware, don’t you?
Dawn is one of those people who puts herself out there for the sake of educating and uplifting others. It’s that kind of personal strength that makes this big world a little smaller, and hearts a little warmer. If one person reads her blog and finds some connection or relief or support, she’s just made this world a better place to live in. And I don’t know about you, but I plan to live here for a long, long time.
Enlightening from the bungalow,
Do you know someone who should be recognized as making a difference? A blog that inspires you? An unsung hero? Please share in the comments! As always, all comments are welcome (subject to moderator approval, of course). 🙂