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  • Writer's pictureLauren L. Murphy

Thin Space No. 42: Glimmers of Connection

The Question

What role do others play in your grieving or anxiety?


The Intention



The Meditative Moment

Today marks twenty-two years since September 11, 2001. It is a tender day, a tender memory. After tragedy, we are often struck by the ways in which people come together to support, clean up, rescue, and heal. But similar coming together occurs in smaller grieving and anxieties as well. The friends who show up just to check on you. The person who sits next to you as you have a panic attack. The neighbor who asks how you’re holding up. The hug from a coworker when you return from the funeral. The doctor who recommends treatment or therapy. The teacher who offers an extension on a project. We often feel isolated in these dark moments—and sometimes that isolation is very, very real. But there are glimmers of connection too, of people reaching out in small ways to let us know we aren’t alone.

Waves crashing

Originally sent September 11, 2023, to paid Substack subscribers. If you want to receive current Thin Space reflections, you can start a paid subscription here: You can choose to pay $75/year or $8/month.

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