There's a very thin line between doing okay and plunging over the edge into the dark, forbidding places that lurk within you.
Places that are ready to swallow you whole if given the slightest chance.
We all walk a slight variation of this line at some point in our lives, and unfortunately, sometimes we walk it more than once.
Everyone is different.
Some walk the line just fine, without falling one way or the other, and they get through to the other side where things are far better than just okay.
Praise them for that accomplishment.
Some struggle to walk the line. They teeter several times from okay to the dark places, but eventually, they too, make it to the other side.
Help them walk that line. Then praise them when they have succeeded.
Some are unable to walk the line and they plunge over the edge to those dark, forbidding places.
Carry them to other side. Praise them for letting you help them.
I've been walking this line since I learned I had cancer.
It would be very easy to just fall over and plunge to those dark places below.
But I fight it.
Yes, I want to crawl under a rock and just cry.
And sometimes I do.
I just refuse to stay there for very long.
I get back to walking that line, even though I can't see any light at the end.
But I'll keep walking.
I plan to make it to other side.