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"It's Going To Be All Right!"

How many times have we said those words or similar ones to someone who is hurting or in some sort of crisis? How many times have we heard those words?

When someone is hurting, they don't need to hear platitudes such as above. They want to know you understand their pain. Deep down we all know that eventually, "It will be alright!" But, in the midst of pain, sorrow, and/or suffering those words sound hollow and meaningless. I don't want to be told that, "it will be okay." I want someone to reflect back to me that they understand I'm hurting and that it's no fun.

Imagine this conversation:

You: I just found out my best friend has cancer.

Your friend: That's awful! But it's going to be okay. Everything always works out.

Compare that with this:

You: I just found out my best friend has cancer.

Your friend: Oh, that's awful. You must feel so much sorrow and helplessness right now. You probably feel pretty scared, too.

Which resonates how you wo…

21 Reasons Why the English Language is Hard to Learn

The bandage was wound around the wound.The farm was used to produce produce.The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.We must polish the Polish furniture.He could lead if he would get the lead out.The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was to present the present.A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.I did not object to the object.The insurance was invalid for the invalid.There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.They were too close to the door to close it.The buck does funny things when the does are present.A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.The wind was too strong to wind the sail.After a number of injections my jaw got number.Upon seeing the tear in the painting, I shed a tear.I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.How can I intimate this to my most inti…

Helpful tips

I found these in some old paperwork and thought I would post them for others to use. Here goes:


Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake bater onto the hot griddle--perfect shaped pancakes every time.To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan--the marshmallow won't stick to your fingers.To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.To easily remove burnt-on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove-top--skillet will be much easier to clean.Spray your tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before …