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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Be Strong!

I met someone yesterday who was so down and out. So sad she didn't know if she'll ever be whole again. I let her cry for a long time, then I helped her with words. That was all I could do.

I know there are a few of you out there who might be going through a really bad time right now. Here's what I want to say to you...

There will be a time in your life when you don't want to get up from your bed because it hurts so much to open your eyes. A time when you can't find sleep because it hurts to close your eyes. A time when food tastes like poison to you. When your soul is so empty you can't feel. You look in front of you and see nothing. You look behind you and still see nothing. You're so sad you can't even cry. And when you cry, there's no sound.

A time when you're so alone, you hear voices in your head. When you are so weak you don't want to try. You're so confused you don't know who you are. You hate yourself so much you can't look in the mirror. And when you look, you see nothing.

A time when you're so low, you can't get yourself up. When your spirit is so broken you can't breathe. When you can't hear the music around you. When the sound of laughter brings no joy

A time so painful, you wonder if life is worth living.

I've been there. Trust me I have. That's why I can describe those feelings. What I want you to know is that you're not alone. There's nothing you're feeling now that hasn't been felt before. As someone who's gone through deep sadness, I can tell you with all conviction that you will be OKAY. You will make it back I promise you. Your tears and loneliness will stop. Soon.

Whatever it is you are going through right now, I want you to know there's a light at the end of this tunnel. You will smile again. You will laugh again. You will sing again. You will be whole again. You will find peace again. Music will make you dance again.

This is just temporary...something you must go through to be a better person. Please don't let what you're going through defeat you. Be strong and fight it with everything you have and are.

It's okay to cry, let it all out! We grow through tears. Just know in time you won't have to pretend you're okay, you will be okay. You will look back one day and smile. I guarantee this is not a permanent place for you. Your life will have purpose and meaning again.

If you want to leave this 'place' soon, call onto God. He loves you more than you will ever know. And when you table your problems before him, he will pull you through without a scratch. He will hold your hand. He will help you stand. He will help you fight. He will give you peace.

I want you to have renewed hope and faith that God has plans for your life. You are God's masterpiece. If he can count your hair strand, why won't he take care of your entire life? He won't let you down. Just go down on your knees, that's all it takes.

Be strong and fight for happiness. Fight for fulfilment. Fight for peace. Fight for success.
But above all, fight for YOU.

“Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength."

And remember, I am cheering for you. Everyone who loves you is cheering for you.
May you find the greatest miracle in the world and may you find it soon!

I'll see y'all next week.
Take care
Love,
Linda

35 comments:

M said...

Linda, this is my first time commenting on your blog.

I'm just coming out of that place you described.

It is nothing short of amazing how much I achieved whilst going through that difficult phase of my life. I feel invincible now! Its true what they say - if it doesn't kill you it makes you stronger.....

There is so much negativity in the world - it can overwhelm you....people are so eager to hate - and you will not find many people who will give love and positive energy, but when you do it makes it that much easier to carry on.

Linda you are an amazing person and I'm glad you are able to connect with us through this blog. Thanks for reaching out and entertaining us!

sweet efe said...

u're just so amazing, as a matter of fact i was feeling so low b4 reading ur piece on ur blog, and all of a sudden i feel inner peace and strength....u may not knw it, but u touch pple in defferent ways. keep doing ur thing...oh by the way just added u on facebook :-)....take care dear xxx

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog every day for more than a year now and i never bothered to comment except this moment.Count it as one of your achievements that you saved a life 2nite by stopping what could have been a suicide with your words. I believe it when u implied that though there might seem not to be a light at the end of the tunnel, there is definitely going to be light at the end of the tunnel.

littleangel4christ said...

As always you are doing a great job. And thanx for the add on facebook "Empowering Women and Children". It's a two word statement but it takes a lot of effort to "Be Strong". Ur 2 bless'd 2 be stress'd. Take care

Anonymous said...

the rev. timothy wright sang the song "it wont be this way always" life has a way o fteaching its lesson but if we hold on long enough God in His mercies does pull us through. Linda you just became my pastor. i love you dear sister. God is going to take you to where you will never be able to say you did all by your strenght alone. you are blessed beyond believe. God bless you my young lady.you are an inspiration.wale

kberry said...

dear linda i must commend u 4 ur dedication 2wards ur blog n d fact dat u r so inspiring pls keep it up........i would like u 2 visit my blog www.kemydamosy.blogspot.com ,hope 2 hear frm u,u r simply a wonder gal.luv kemy

AustynZOGS said...

Lin,
thanks for this beautiful motivational piece.It will surely brighten so many out there who are down and going out.You are great!

Anonymous said...

thank you for this,

Anonymous said...

i am coming to naija next week...
will come to ur office..but i wont tell u who i am...
just want to meet u...

this post just made my day....

i am a blogger....too lazy to log on...

IBIERE said...

I HAVE READ THIS PIECE 53 TIMES AND STILL COUNTING. THANK YOU SO MUCH LINDA. THANK YOU SO MUCH LINDA. THANK YOU SO MUCH LINDA. THANK YOU SO MUCH LINDA. THANK YOU SO MUCH LINDA.

Anonymous said...

I particularly love that line ... Don't allow what you are going through defeat you. I will hold onto that and once more thanks for the words

wendu

KG said...

Thank you for this...i am in this place right now and i think it was by the grace of God that I just happened to come across your blog for the first time today. I am confident now that i can go on and I will be okay. I really didn't think anyone could put into words the pain that I am going through right now.

Anonymous said...

Wow linda this was very inspirational. i really needed this as i am in a very bad spot in my marriage right now. i feel like quiting even though its only 9 months old i feel like iv gone and made the biggest mistake of my life. i need urgent prayers too to withstand the depression that i am going through.ur blog was wonderful this is my 1st time of checking it out and i just felt like you were refering to me.thanks for the good job u are a great motivation for a lot more people than u think.take care.

Anonymous said...

you are a wonderful person with such a beautiful spirit...that ws sooo motivating thank you

Unbiased said...

O My!!
That was a serious emotional ride.
I almost cried by the end of the post. I guess everyone has those feelings from time to time and deep down we do know it will be okay but we just stopped believing it for a minute.
Lovely post dear.

disgodkidd said...

spot on!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Linda, u really need to know this article is meant for me. im going tru emotional trauma right now and im down right feeling terrible.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Linda, u really need to know this article is meant for me. im going tru emotional trauma right now and im down right feeling terrible.

Habeeb said...

This piece is very touching, am not low at this moment but i remember last year when i was terribly ill for three months and it felt like i was in another world, i couldn't eat, was always awake at nights and lost so much weight, above all people kept speculating. It was a trying time in my life and when i look back now i laugh, i never knew i would be able to laugh about it. Life is like that, sometimes you have it smooth, sometimes rough, i know some people are going through worse moments and i know your post would do something.Am a big fan Linda, keep it up!

Ara said...

Linda,you said all the right things.....have been there but out of it,i hope your words touches thoes going through it now.
Cheers
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Anonymous said...

I AM TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH YOU. IF IT DOESNT WORK OUT WITH O CALL ME

ayo said...

LINDA, WHATS THE GREATEST MIRACLE IN THE WORLD?

ayo said...

LINDA, WHATS THE GREATEST MIRACLE IN THE WORLD?

Anonymous said...

hi linda, i dont know you but i feel this post was purposely for me. I'm at that place right now and with your words of encouragement i believe i will have cause to laugh, dance and be happy again. I'm gonna keep believng that God will do everything at His own time. thanks..... this has gone a long way for me.

ore said...

this blog has been a blessing to me in so many ways.i dont know who you are but you really have touched my life in the most positive way.thank God for blogging.

ore said...

this blog has been a blessing to me in so many ways.i dont know who you are but you really have touched my life in the most positive way.thank God for blogging.

Olanna said...

WOW May God bless you for those kind words Linda.

Beyond said...

THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR RECENT WORDS OF ENCOURAGMENT... IT HAS REALLY BEEN HELPFUL TO ME... MAY THE GOOD LORD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU TOO.

Adeola-Dara said...
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whatever!!! said...

linda ikeji where are you now???

Sasha said...

Linda said she will be out for a week, peeps. So be patient. But come to think of it, hasn't it been a week yet?....Linda, i give you a few days to respond or else i will be sending out a search team to find ya.....
Yes, we miss you already.

Linda Ikeji said...

Hello everyone here. I'm glad u were touched in one way or the other. Thanks for ur kind words.
@Ayo, the greatest miracle is living a fulfilled life.

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