HubPages Counseling; Helping and Healing One Page View at a Time

We all want to be listened to, feel perfectly adequate if not embarrassingly important, and rest in quieted comfort we are unique, yet secretly know we are not the only ones pained. Hub Pages supplies all of this for us; it's better than counseling and more cost effective than seeing a shrink on a regular basis- if you've seen my hubs, you know I'd be broke for my abundant and steady stream of issues.

I am constantly amazed by how many people, including myself, have poured their heart and souls into writing extremely personal hubs. People who claim to have meager writing skills blossom into emotional artists and you can feel raw talent emerge just because they wrote pure.

Heroic effort and confidence are displayed by those taking a risk to possibly be judged or misunderstood. The brave ones I commend are those who first enter the Pages of Hub Kingdom with their shield lowered and write one of their first few hubs on a life-defining moment that effected them deeply. Not worried about their image or Hub score, they put words into this world that inevitably help everyone who reads them.

I love that I can still read hubs written out of desperation, joy, or simply because the author needed an outlet rather than reading the 'safe' hubs about the most popular topic Du Jour. Conversely, there are top professional writers here that would feel inspired again if only they left their 'How to' hub and visited the personal world of hubbers who have nothing to lose and write it all. After all, the best writers in history had no Hub score, or "followers", or "fans", or Hubnugget nominations, or even the notion their masterpiece would make it further than their personal papers. Yes, I am happy to say there are still original, heartfelt writers among us on Hub Pages.They are not professional writers, they are great writers with a story, not a resume.

We all have a story inside us that made us who we are. Perhaps life's struggles inspired us to write and the dedication to write on Hub Pages even when we are in the midst of struggling. There are so many more reasons and benefits to write on Hub Pages besides the motivation to make money. Long ago, I noticed some of my less frequented hubs were the most profound in helping people- maybe just a handful of people, but it was completely worth it.

Traditional counseling therapy takes years to evolve into a helpful relationship and yet my experience on Hub Pages has come full circle for me in much less time. I pride myself on shamelessly approaching tough topics not everyone talks about or admits. My hub creations occur in one of two ways, oddly enough, either I think to myself 'this is happening to everyone' or the alternate occurrence when I feel like 'I am the only one this is happening to'. What I've learned is I'm never the only one on both occasions.

What is equally beautiful is the hopeful and helpful comments that our Hub Pages friends and strangers offer us. Let me pause on that last part- To be justified by a stranger or a stranger reaching out and becoming a friend? It doesn't get any better than that. Every personal hub I have written, I make a friend from it- someone who commented extra thoughtfully, offered insight I will truly never forget, or stuck out my healing process with me. This outlet helps me by writing, then either getting or giving useful tips and encouragement in the comment section. I have as much to offer as others have to offer me. Imagine that- we can be broken yet still have something to offer. We can heal ourselves and heal others as well.

Our friends and family may have heard our stories a million times and they are done with it, sometimes they just don't want to hear it. A story can wear thin in close circles, but when we write our story for an audience and community like Hub Pages, it lives on...forever. It will be here for others to view, possibly help, or simply comfort ourselves knowing a valuable piece of our soul is recorded. And just maybe our piece we share is a piece someone is missing.

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Below I've listed a few inspirational hubs written with an open heart for the open-minded. Please feel free to recommend other hubs that you've found inspirational and personally moving- it can be your own hub, another hub or hubber. I and many others would love to read them. Thank you for sharing.

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TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Man I love reading your stuff Laura. Whether your pouncing on someone's back defending me in a comments section, or a well thought out beautifully written piece on a unique topic like this one. The more you talk, the better person I become I think.

ps workout?

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

I am absolutely amazed! This supurb writing by a lady who was a day/two ago in the Slough of Despond? Wow! Isett, you are, indeed, a winner who has encourraged all of us. I don't know of others, but I normally give advice I need for myself. So I'm going to follow your example and pull op my socks. May you produce some more of these great writings before the end of the week.

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

tmwnp~ thanks for the compliment- I'm proud of this really because everybody else wrote it for me. ps- have yet to do workout today- lots of baking (apple crisp and pot roast)- friends over tonight. I'll probably do my 10pm (after I put daughter to sleep) pilates. thanks for keeping me in check.

Martiecoetser~ what really inspired me was all the comments I got from everyone on the 'God Dropped me" hub- your comment included. I realize so many people have stories of their own and I look at some of circumstances have made my life better- I am at home with my young daughter and I am writing more. Love your very nice comments- thanks again.

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Just A Voice 6 years ago

What you say is very true. I found hubpages because I needed a place to speak my soul and solely for the benefit of getting things out from the inside of me and into words that could give me a bit of peace for having it said outloud (in a way).

I do it mainly for that sense of cathartic cleansing of troublesome thoughts and fears. And the comfort of hearing that someone else feels that way too.

It is the perfect way to speak your mind and then feel that great release of having it done with.

Good hub:)

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TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Amen JAV. Wishin you and everyone a smokin day Laura!

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

Hello Themanwithnopants!

Just A Voice~ I'm so glad you stopped by because I wanted to out a link on this hub to one of your hubs that I really liked. I knew there was one I was forgetting and it was you. You also inspired me to write this particular hub. You and a few others I happened to read and bcome fans of and it got me thinking about all the benefits of writing and sharing in this setting.

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Just A Voice 6 years ago


Thank you for adding one of my hubs to your links. Maybe you could give me some pointers or tell me where to find the info on how I could also do that on my hub.

And just an added kudo for this hub because it said exactly how I feel.

Cheers :)

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

JAV~ It was hard choosing from a few of your very thoughtful hubs. A couple days before I wrote this hub I happened to read many well-written soul-splitting hubs- so personal and I felt honored to read that deep into someone's life. Good stuff.

links: go into edit your hub and click on "links" in the upper right capsules section. The capsule will be added at the bottom of your hub. Then you can click on the "edit" on that capsule and copy and paste the URL addresses of any hubs you want and click on "add link" and "save". It should work for you- hope that helps.

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Dchosen_01 6 years ago

I can really feel your sense of sincerity, originality and deep truth. You gross attachment for the truth and reality is been portrayed here. What a nice selection of hubs you've got. I have read one before, and I will try to read at least two more. Thanks for the wonderful insight

Great hub

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

dchosen_1~ thanks for the compliment- like your hubs too.

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

An amazing read and I am so glad that TheManWithNoPants inspired you to write this one, it goes without saying that abuse is an ugly word and the pain both mental and physical has effects for a long time afterwords and for many the pain never stops.

I as you know have written a few hubs disclosing my upbringing with abuse and TheMan has read a number of them. Recently I just penned "The Drunkard at her Table" and this poem is an account of the pain and tears I felt and shed when watching my mother abused by this beast of a live in boyfriend.

TheMan asked my permission to link it to his "You Dirty Rotten Bastard" which I read with tears running down my face. I gave him the permission immediately of course to add my link.

So I just want to thank you for linking with his and others and sharing with so many who have or are going through similar experiences in their lives. Peace and hugs

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

saddlerider~ yes, i've read many of your hubs and know this plays an important part on you as a writer and I couldn't have more respect for you and themanwithnopants as people, and often being so transparent. By the way I keep forgetting to tell you I don't think you are "dark" in a bad way and completely appreciate your words as they are. I know you had mentioned in one of your hubs about being dark so I always wanted to say that. It's important to makes known all sides of the world and hopes of overcoming various degrees of tragedy and survival.

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA

I came across this hub and am glad I did. I enjoyed it very much and I agree with what you said.

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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

revmjm~ thanks so much for your comment. This was certainly a hub from my heart.

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