Excerpt: a Breath of Hope.

By Monica C. Voskamp

I have found in the darkest places in my life, I didn’t need a solution, a resolution, an answer. I needed kindness. I needed few words…and if they were spoken, words of hope. I needed a hug. I needed a listening ear. I needed NO judgement. I needed a safe place where I could trust what I shared wouldn’t be broadcasted.

I needed… just that there. I needed to be respected for what I needed and not what other people thought I needed.

It is such a difficult place to be, in the most fragile part of the journey…where the ceiling has caved in, the floor gave out…and you are 10 feet below with no escape in sight. You may be tempted to give up. I hear you.

Please know you are worth breathing this air right now. You are worth living through to the next moment. All these tragedies and awfulness that you have and are experiencing, are NOT your defining! All the regretful things you have done or may not have done are not your identity.

Someone recently told me, you are worthy of life simply because you woke up human. And that there is an amazing fact to celebrate, you. You are worthy.

This is the first message of hope I want to breathe to you. #youareworthy. Hashtag it on social media, whisper it to yourself in the mirror, write it down on a post it note. You are worthy. And that there is a reason to live. You as your very precious self are the reason to live. This world needs you.

Here today, this is what I gift you with, the reminder of your worth. You are worthy in the chaos, in the trauma, in the horrid darkness. You are worthy no matter what. Dear soul, you are worthy of love.


Always hope. Always believe. Always love. ❤

*Photo Credit: Photo by Kien Do on Unsplash

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