While waiting to board a plane at the airport, Dr. Robin saw a blind man being led by a woman, perhaps his daughter. In that tender moment, she was reminded of what life is really about—it's about finding the right person to hold your hand in times of need as well as being the hand that extends itself to others in their times of need.
Dr. Robin says we all have times when we are not physically blind, but are blindsided by life—when you need someone to guide and lead you. "You need someone's hand that doesn't feel rough, that isn't pushing you away—someone who will reach for you even when you are not reaching for them," she says.
Not only do we need a hand to hold, but Dr. Robin says we must be willing to allow someone to hold our hand, too. "Reaching for a hand and holding a hand is about letting your heart be open, it's about letting someone know how you're feeling, what you're thinking about your deepest fears and your longings and desires," she says.
As a good friend, Dr. Robin says it's up to you to reach out that hand to friends and loved ones when they're going through times of crisis and struggle. "Be the hand that extends itself to someone who really needs [it]," she says.
Printed from Oprah.com on Saturday, December 7, 2013