Dear Friend – A Book About the Power of Human Kindness

As some of you may know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! So you will be seeing much more pink around I am sure. I always have a bit of mixed feelings because I love seeing people come together and support one another, but it also hits close to home as my mom is a breast cancer survivor. But because of this, I can really see the beauty in people helping others during hardships and how nice it feels when you are on the receiving end of it.

Right now, in this world that seems to be crumbling every second from hate, division, and a straight blindness and inability to empathize with others or see past their own opinions. However, there is still good out there, and somehow, it still manages to thrive in the darkness. People come together and help and have distinct moments of clarity about the fragility of humanity when terrible things happen.

This week has been a doozy, so I knew it was extra fitting to share this post about a great idea of one woman that spread hope to others who were suffering. The news about Vegas came in the wake of a very emotional, heartfelt weekend for me watching one of my best friends get married. I woke up Sunday feeling overwhelmed by all the love and amazing friendships I’ve had in my life, and then woke up Monday to an overwhelming despair for all those who are enduring pain and loss from the Vegas events. So a pure high followed by a deep low… it can be difficult to navigate this cloud of confusion… and to grow up in it, as our generation has had to.

So to give you a little dose of sugar among the distaste out there, I wanted to tell all you, my lovely readers, about Dear Friend by Gina L. Mulligan. It is a book made up of the encouraging letters that woman have written to other women who were recently diagnosed with breast cancer. This sort of kindness directed towards strangers going through a hard time is humanity at its finest. (Which I think we could all use a reason to restore some faith in right now).

I for one, obviously am a firm believer in the power of words and writing. Nothing encompasses emotions and feelings quite like a well scripted thought or story. It can create and cultivate so many different kinds of emotions, nostalgia, and of course, feelings of hope and simply not being alone. My favorite letters in the book though are the humor filled ones. I know when my own family was going through this, I found humor to be the only thing that made me feel a little grounded. These letters are written by survivors or people who have been affected by the illness and such sweet words that come from people with the experience really does make you feel like you have the support needed to fight.

So if your down on the state of this world or know someone who as just faced the scariest news of their life, this book is the answer to uplifting your spirits. And hopefully it encourages everyone to extend a little kindness, hope, and love to those in need.

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