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The smallest touches

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
13 - 19 May 

Something a little different: The Journey Within. A short story for all the silent supporters.

In the bustling heart of the city, stood a quaint shop named 'Bridges & Bundles'
It wasn’t any shop; it was a sanctuary of sorts, filled not only with fine leather bags but also with stories waiting to be told.

The owner, was a man of quiet wisdom. He believed every bag had stories to tell and every customer who entered his shop carried with them untold stories within.

One brisk morning, as the sunlight streamed through the windows, a young woman stepped into Bridges & Bundles. Her eyes bore traces of weariness, burdened by the weight of invisible struggles. She wandered among the rows of bags, each one whispering a promise of adventure and solace.

Sensing her silent plea, the owner approached with a gentle smile. “Welcome, dear traveller. How may I assist you?”

She hesitated, unsure how to articulate the storm raging within her mind. But as she gazed at the array of bags, an idea began to take shape.

“Could you….tell me about these bags? Not just their design, but their stories?” she asked tentatively.

His eyes twinkled with understanding. “Of course. Each bag has stories to tell, journeys it has embarked upon. Allow me to share.”

He led her to a weathered Gladstone bag, its leather bearing the marks of time. "This one,” he began, “belonged to a seasoned traveller who explored the world in search of solace. Through every adventure, it carried not only his belongings but also his dreams and fears. And in the quiet moments, it became a confidant, listening without judgment.”

Listening intently, feeling a kinship with the traveller’s quest for peace admidst the chaos, she traced her fingers along the bag’s worn edges, as if seeking solace in its silent wisdom.

The owner continued his storytelling journey, each bag unveiling a different facet of human experience. There was the satchel that witnessed a writer’s moments of inspiration and doubt, the backpack that accompanied a student through trials and triumphs, and the tote that embraced a mother’s nurturing love.

As the stories unfolded, the young woman felt a weight lifting from her shoulders, replaced by a newfound sense of connection and understanding. She realized that just as these bags had been companions on their respective journeys, she too was not alone in her struggles.

With a grateful smile, she selected a simple messenger bag, its sturdy straps promising steadfast support. “Thank you” she whispered, her voice filled with newfound hope. “I believe this bag will carry more than just my belongings. It will carry my story, my journey towards healing.”

And as she stepped out into the world, her heart a little lighter, she knew that she carried not only a bag but also a reminder that even in the darkest of times, there are bridges to cross and bundles of hope to hold onto.
Every story has the power to heal and every journey is worth taking.

Never stop discovering and creating stories.
Mental Health Awareness week.

 

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