Can you recognize a cry for help? Are you in tune with the people around you to know if their behaviors are changing? Are they behaving out of character? Most importantly, do you even care? Do you only enjoy being on the receiving end of attention? In life, we all need someone who cares about our well-being, whether you can help or not. Being a listening ear is so important. Offering a place that can help is essential. Sitting by someone's side and praying with them is crucial. Most of us can see things on the surface, but those willing to look deeper are gems. Why do I say this? Well, because it means they are paying attention to the unspoken words. They are looking beyond the "S" on your chest. They are looking past the smile.
Having a lot of friends means nothing if your friends are not gems. Having a spouse means nothing if they are not in tune with you. Family is not nearly as meaningful if they do not care about you.
Make sure you are a gem to those around you, and ensure gems surround you.
Suicide is at an all-time high, especially around the holidays. Do not be the one saying, "Oh, they know they could have come to me," or " I wished I had known they were going through something." At this point, it is too late.
Friendly check-ins and being genuine and welcoming can be vital to saving a life.
If you are in a crisis or having thoughts of suicide, please call the suicide hotline
The previous Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.
Or dial 988
"I pray I am a gem to others."- Alston Shropshire