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Dec 11, 2023Liked by Adam B. Coleman

I love this! And your approach of having him focus on small things that can be considered accomplishments is excellent. Human beings need to do difficult things and accomplish them to be mentally healthy, we need things to look forward to, and we need connection with other people.... all of which you provided. I’m in a profession where I can occasionally do something similar, and I try to always stay open to that possibility.

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Dec 11, 2023Liked by Adam B. Coleman

A kind word to a person that is depressed can mean the difference between fighting their illness and giving up. Depression feels like being in a deep hole that you can’t escape. Reaching out to a person with depression gives them the validation that their life matters and is worth living. It’s hard to describe the joy that you experience when you’re able to overcome your sadness and climb out of that hole. That friendly hand up makes a world of difference!

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Dec 11, 2023Liked by Adam B. Coleman

Congratulations on your success with this person. Indeed, the right words at the right time can change a life; that's the basis of therapy. Maybe you have gifts you didn't know you had?

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Dec 11, 2023Liked by Adam B. Coleman

What amount of dollars do folk pay their therapist for nowt even approaching this succinct essay? We are all our potential and this writing is all it should be; nothing more and nothing less. But, boy, do they want you to pay through the nose in money and time; even moreso for the BS layered on top; for what is so obvious we miss it altogether when we are sunk in that no-place.

This is a fantastic piece; and if you do no more, you have done all.

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Dec 11, 2023Liked by Adam B. Coleman

Well done, and thank you for the story. You make the case for doing the small things (since we can't individually fix the big things). While that man's life is no small thing, you stepped up to the plate and went to work where you could make a difference.

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