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One of the greatest gifts I have received over the past year is you! I write each week about my thoughts, feelings and sharing my story, and each week people respond with words of kindness and words of connection.

I’ve shared a lot. I’ve shared hurts, fears and sadness, and I’ve shared the ways I have found to fight the darkness each of those feelings hold. And each week, you have read a post and felt you could relate, and you have helped me heal.

One of the beautiful things about this is I have found I am not alone. And if I am not alone that means you are not alone. Each time you feel a connection to my story, even though our circumstances may not be exact, we have found support in one another.

Our journey on earth is meant for us to do together. Family, friends, co-workers or that post you read on Facebook by someone you have never met; we are all walking this path together.

I hope you can look at your world and see all the connections, big and small, of the people God has placed in your life to help you through this journey. God is always with us, even when we feel alone. And there are times he puts a human in front of us to share his light.

I encourage you to be aware of the people who brush through your life, even if only for a moment, take note. Be present with friends and family, slow down and take time with them. Know the people in your life who will be there for you and support you. Find the friends or family who will lovingly tell you-you are wrong or that you are being an idiot. [ha]

I am not alone. You are not alone. We do not have to walk this journey with the weight of the world on our shoulders. Open up and let other people help you and open your heart to their love for you. You deserve that!

We are all on this journey together. I am thankful for you! You are amazing!

Sending peace, love and joy to you my friend. Sam

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