Take care of each other


***WARNING: Lots of images of cardboard and knit dicks.***

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As I speak about on Ramblings of an Anxious Mess this week, a lot of people have done a lot of things to help me out over the past little while. Here’s some of what I found in my apartment when I came home from camping to discover that my cat sitter had let some mutual friends in the door.

I’m told that I’m yet to find everything. While I feel a bit bad about all the time and effort my friends put into me, every time I find something new in my apartment, it makes me feel a bit better. And I know I’d do the same for them. In fact, I’m planning my payback, although I won’t say what it is here in case they read it.

If you know someone who is going through a tough time, the least you can do is send them a message letting them know you’re thinking of them. If you have the time and energy, you could ask if there’s something they need. If they say nothing, but you still want to help them out, here are some things you can do:

  • Check in with them regularly
  • Send them funny or cute messages and images
  • Mail them a postcard, letter or something fun, like a zine
  • Drop dinner off at their home
  • Bring them groceries
  • Stop by to do their dishes, laundry or other cleaning

You don’t have to do anything spectacular, time consuming or expensive to make a huge difference in someone’s life. I always thought that was the case and tried to do little things for folks, but now that I’m actually going through a rough time and experiencing all this love, I know for a fact that a nice card in the mail from a friend can really brighten my day.

podcast artwork4This week on Ramblings of an Anxious Mess, I talk about some things to keep in mind before asking for or offering help to someone in need.

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