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Many of us have had to ask for help at some point in our lives.

Oftentimes, it is a challenging thing to do, even in our most difficult circumstances.

However, when help is asked for, good people show up.


Erynn Brook was on her way home from work when she encountered a woman. The story of what happened next quickly went viral.

Sometimes a happenstance meeting can shift someone deeply.



Many would have ignored this girl, but Erynn decided not to.


Then, only a laminated page to guide her, Erryn jumped into action.


Then she offered to stay with the girl until her stop.


She was flabbergasted by the vulnerability of having a seizure disorder.



Then, Erynn decided to get the girl home.





This brought up many feelings about the ways in which we interact with each other, and what few defense mechanisms this girl had.


She called us to action.




Before addressing larger and more systemic issues.





She noted the difference between accommodating someone and truly helping them.

Many people's hearts were warmed.




This is how you show up for people.

Manipulation is designed to be stealthy. We hardly recognize it when it's happening to us because our abuser has forced it to appear under wraps.

But when we recognize it for what it really is, we really feel like we've been smacked across the face. There is no other descriptor for it. Usually we've trusted and loved those that manipulated us.

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Just as new mothers encounter the sudden, influential developments of powerful hormone changes, protective instincts, and milk production, so new fathers undergo some key changes of their own.

Their socks become exclusively white, climbing higher up the calf than ever before. All their shorts sprout cargo pockets and clunky belt loop cell phone holders. They start to really lean in to their old records.

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Cleaning up is hard enough when it's just clearing a month of dust bunnies. Can you imagine cleaning the debris left by murder, suicide and violence? I have a really great friend who used to do crime scene clean-up for a living. The pay is incredible; it starts at $55 an hour. But there is a much higher cost in mental well being. Death affects you in ways you don't always feel immediately. My friend has stories of nightmares, depression and pain after leaving scenes of horror. Why make all that money just to spend it on therapy? It takes a certain type of person.

***TRIGGER WARNING. CONTENTS ARE SENSITIVE ***

Redditor u/MemegodDave wanted to hear from the people who have the stomach to come in after crime and tragedy

to try to bring back some form of normalcy to the location by asking... People who make their living out of cleaning murder scenes, accidents and the like, what is the worst thing you have experienced in your career?

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We all know the telltale signs that something is making us uncomfortable. Suddenly, we begin shaking, either in our hands or knees or toes. Then, usually, sweat starts pouring out of every part of our body, making it look like we just ran through a rainstorm underneath a waterfall. Finally, we lose our regular speech functions. Everything goes out of sync and our words don't match up to what's in our minds.

What's interesting is that what usually brings about these fits of uncomfortableness differs from person to person, as evidenced by the stories below.

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