I've been blogging since 2006, and I can now say so that's what it's like to have a post go viral.
Wow. WOW! You guys!
Since Monday when I published 15 Tips for the Highly Sensitive Parent, that post has been viewed over 60,000 times (and counting!). To say that it struck a nerve (pun fully intended) would be a generous understatement.
I am completely and utterly humbled to know that so many people found such hope from those words. I have been thinking about writing that post for months, but I hesitated, thinking these issues were pretty unique to myself or that they would be overly obvious to anyone besides me. I think that has been the most surprising aspect of this week - hearing so many people say "I thought it was just me!" and "this all makes so much sense!"
I've also heard in the comments here and in places I've seen that post shared around the web an underlying issue that I relate with so much: shame.
Many of us who are HSPs have spent a lifetime being shamed for being too sensitive or too picky or too nervous or too easily overwhelmed. My hope and dream is that following the 15 Tips post, we could come together as a community of gentle support, that we could speak truth to each other to find healing from the shame that we've lived under for so long, and to find freedom to embrace and even celebrate the way our brains work.
I would like to create a series that digs a little deeper than the 15 Tips post by exploring some real-life scenarios where parenting triggers a negative response from our nervous systems. I've created a form for you to be able to share (anonymously) some of the issues you would love to get ideas on formulating a healthy response.
Additionally, I read many responses from those of you who have known about your HSPs status for far longer than I have known about mine, and I would love to tap into the wisdom you have to share with those of us who are early in this journey.
If you have a few moments, please fill out the applicable space on this form (one space for questions/scenarios to discuss and one for wisdom/advice to share). All entries are anonymous, and I can't promise we'll cover every individual issue, but I will definitely look at the responses and address the common areas where we are struggling.
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Thank you, thank you! From the very bottom of my highly sensitive heart, I am so grateful for your vulnerability in sharing your response to this topic, and I am truly and deeply moved by the extent to which you have shared that post with your friends and families.
Here's to forging a way forward together!