I looked at the clock and noticed there was an hour left on my shift. It was a busy evening alright. But I like that because time passes quickly. I had done two hours of Live Chat and I was now back on the phones after my dinner break. It is odd to call our breaks anything but “breaks” because we can have lunch at 2p.m. and dinner/supper at 10 p.m. depending on the shifts we work and how we have arranged to make sure the service is adequately covered.
The phone rang…
“Hello, you’ve reach a counsellor.” I could hear faint sobbing, soft whimpering…
“Take your time, it’s okay; just take all the time you need…are you safe?”
I hear a weak “yes” and she tells me her story. She was just discharged from hospital for her eating disorder. She weighed well under 100 pounds…I winced at the thought of her wasting away and thanked the Great Spirit that she was, in fact, alive. “They fattened me up so much I can’t stand it!” she wailed.
The change for her was difficult to bear. She needed support in slowly accepting her “healthy” body. We talked a bit about what she could do to distract her thoughts and then she shared some sad stories of her past. Such sadness I choose not to share here, but this is what I wanted to remember … her fight to live even if for a brief dangerous time in her life and how she tried to become invisible…literally.
We explored her passions. She was an artist and singer/song writer. I was blessed hearing her sing briefly and for a fleeting moment, I could hear her smile…what an angelic voice…such beauty, it managed to transcend through the wires of telecommunication. She promised to try to focus on her beauty…voice, passions, art, inner and outer beauty and would call back if she felt overwhelmed.
When got I home late that night, I could not help but imagine this beautiful person and wrote a brief message I imagined sending to her:
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Do you know that you are stunning?
the last few years, I could barely see you
so frail were you, hugging seemed daunting
what if I’d crushed your bones,
you were really so very tiny;
I remember seeing you back then…
the wind was blowing and I could swear
it was pushing you farther from where
I was sitting on the park bench waiting
watching, silently observing you wasting
away and praying for a miracle.
That was a while ago my friend,
now the miracle did transcend
you are beautiful just as you are.
Pity you don’t yet see that far long
but hopefully in due time
with your gifts of beauty and song
you will sing the words that rhyme
and you will finally see
what’s so clear to me.
I pray someday your insight
will see your beauty transcend
as well as in the light
of day…blessings, my dear friend.
© Cheryl-Lynn, 2014/03/14
Inspired by my original post at StopTheStigma You’re Beautiful