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.
You Can Participate
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.
Suggested Reading- those who inspired me to write this Hub
- I Believe He Still Lives in Me
He was not able to 'cheat' death just like I had always done on various occasions (like when I had an hernia disease which disappeared mysteriously on the day of the operation). How little I was! Yet, I...
- Anger Quieted
I should not be standing in front of you today as I vowed that I would not go to my father's funeral. After all the years of bitterness and estrangement that defined our relationship and so much still...
- Spiritual and Religious Abuse
I watched several minutes of the documentary Jesus Camp" - it brought back awful memories of my experiences being raised in a Pentecostal church. If I can bear it, I will watch the rest. It portrayed...
- You Dirty Rotten Bastard
Please do not read this if you can sense something telling you not to. The words border vulgurness, but the thoughts behind the words are clean. After this piece, I think I'm going back to my humerous...
- Writing for a purpose
I started writing exactly one year ago as a result of my father's tragic death in April 2009 which was indicated as a suicide by the coroners office and on his death certificate. He was killed by a...
- God Dropped Me
One of the first things I learned about God was through the ever famous Footprints poem. It explained that through the tough times there would only be one set of footprints in the sand, not because God has...