To feel understood by those close to you is a great blessing. If you don’t feel understood by family and friends, you feel a kind of isolation. And you know what Mother Teresa said: “Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.”

Do you remember a time in your life when you didn’t feel understood? When no one knew how you were really feeling? If you do, here’s an idea: freewrite for ten minutes about this very issue. Write about how you felt (or feel, if still in the present tense), how it all came about, how you have coped since, anything that would have helped, how it has affected your relationships with other people… and anything else that comes to mind as your write.

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If you wrote a story on this theme, it might not just help you to get it out of your heart and mind, but it could also help the young people who read your story! What if a child could read it and say ‘that’s me: someone understands!’?

Ernest Hemingway said, “There is no friend more loyal than a book.” As writers we can have the privilege of entering people’s lives at times of deepest need, and leaving our mark. Let’s make it a good one! Let’s write to inspire, to bring hope, to help our young people know there is someone who understands.

Janet Wilson
Janet Wilson

Blessings to you all,



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