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What is The Sad Cafe??

The Sad Cafe is a place where people who care about community building, compassion, and creativity can come together and share stories from your hearts about your experiences in trying to change your corner of the world. May this be a place of rest, replenishment, and re-energizing. Take time away from the front lines, no matter where you are, and take time out for you. Remember why you do what you do.

I hope that The Sad Cafe Community will give support and sanctuary to people who deal with people’s problems and pain all day every day. If there are not enough resources to support people in need, how on earth can leaders of nonprofit organizations expect their staff to be supported? They’re too busy. How can coaches, therapists, and others give of themselves every day and get nothing back in return, then expect to continue endlessly without being filled themselves? The nonprofit world loses some of its most energetic, compassionate people because they just can’t do it anymore.

The Sad Cafe Community is here to help the helpers—the ones who don’t get paid enough to take the abuse from hurting people, the ones who listen to stories their clients’ lack of money and other resources when their own lives might be falling apart. If we take care of the caregivers, they’ll keep taking care of the people who need them most.

I’ve been afraid to start something like this for a long time because I was one of the ones who wasn’t getting what she needed to continue helping others. Now I know that’s the very reason I need to do this. I’m not the only one—the ones who need this will find it.


Comments on: "What is The Sad Cafe??" (7)

  1. This is a great site. It’s nice to know that it’s here if I ever need it.
    Thank you.

  2. I’ve been watching one of my best friends fight breast cancer over the past year, but do you know who looks even more tired than her? Her husband. I think we’re all quick to check in on and help the one in crisis, but we forget the further reaching effects. Thanks for your wonderful efforts!

  3. Who would’t appreciate a respite from trying to hold up the world. What a lovely idea.
    Peace and good to you.

  4. Amanda,

    Thanks for your kind words. I hope you always feel welcome here whether you feel that you “need it” or not. I’d love to get to know you better, so come back anytime!!

  5. Blogelina friends, please find my most recent post at https://thesadcafecommunity.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/blogelina-post/.

    Karen, I know what you mean. I can see the effects of my illness on my partner, and it breaks my heart. I’m thankful for those who have taken care of her while she’s taking care of me.

    Chelle, I love your phrasing–“trying to hold up the world.” None of us can bear that kind of burden alone. The world is a heavy, disheartening place at times.

  6. Tanya Levy said:

    I saw this on WCWW3 site and love it. I am a helper and helpers need support to keep helping others. Blessings always.

  7. aarathiselvan said:

    Lana! This is SO amazing. Yes, yes, I need a community like this and thank you for being there!!

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