After a relative long, but normal day in medical school, my son and I were on our way home,and to my surprise a young lady called out my name and asked if she could talk to me. I'm not sure how she knows me or even knows my name, but I said, "absolutely...what's going on?" She began to cry...Oh my gosh, Im thinking to myself. I just knew she was going to say something about school, our course load, etc. But, I was shocked when she said, "Joyce, I'm so lonely." My heart dropped.
I know I talk a lot about being in pursuit of purpose and not letting anything get in your way from getting what you want. But, how do you respond to I'm lonely? We sometimes forget that the person next to us is a human being with feelings and desires. We all are just trying to make it through the next exam, the next block, and to the next semester. But, some of our peers are not only fighting that same fight, but, they are dealing with other emotional factors, too.
We are all away from our friends and family. Im sure loneliless is an issue alot of us face from time to time. It is so important to build a support group. Call home as often as possible. Hang out with friends when you can, even if it's just for lunch. Take a minute to talk to someone walking pass you. Study in groups. Do not isolate yourself. Thank GOD I managed to build a support system here and I rely heavily on those in the US. Moreover, no matter what you are dealing with right now, it is temporary. Focus on your promising future. See yourself with your mate. See yourself having everything your heart desire. Cry if you must. But, Keep believing. Keep pushing...and before you know it...You will have what you desire.
I dont believe her days will always be filled with loneliness. But, she has to believe it, too. As I began to console, comfort and exhaust her. Her spirit got lighter. Her hope was restored. She even was able to laugh...laughter is the best medicine.
We are here to help and encourage each other. Why do you know the people you know? Why are you in the work environment you are in? Why? Because you have something within you that someone around you needs.
Note to self: Be more aware of those around you. Everyone that is smiling is not happy. Show geniune concern. You just might change a life in a big way...
2 Cor 4:16 - 18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, 18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.