One of the open, honest, candid blogs that I read is written by a guy whose life experiences are 180 degrees from mine, but for whatever reason there exist similarities or parallels in our paths. In a recent post, he talks about "A Safe Place to Fall", which is something that mirrors how I feel, but had not yet been able to write about here. This snippet says it all:
"... So many people have never had anyone in their life that would just listen to them. It is so easy for me to give advice but I've often discovered that isn't what the situation needs. Nope, often a person just needs a trusted ear, "a safe place to fall" a dear friend of mine calls it. How rare is it in this life today to have a Safe Place To Fall, to have a friend where you can go and honestly open up yourself and share your deepest thoughts and feeling without fear? It's very RARE, in my experience.
So That is my goal today: I want to be "A Safe Place To Fall". A place where someone can come to me and share what's on their mind and I will lovingly listen to them. That is what I aspire to today. Are YOU A Safe Place To Fall?"
I can safely say ... yes... I am. I think I always was, but other than when I was much younger, it has only been in the last three years that I allowed myself to be, and I like being that person again. I am also very thankful that at a difficult time in my life I also allowed myself to have A Safe Place to Fall of my own. I must confess that I found allowing myself to have one was much more difficult than being one.