Though some may find this song a sad song, I strongly disagree. It’s a song of hope. It makes a point, that may otherwise may go unnoticed, about thoughts we may have during times of doubt. You’ll have to listen to it to understand. It even provides some sound, though simple, advice on how to get through times of struggle. It’s a song about never giving up. It really is a song of inspiration and brings me some comfort. It may have the same effect for you.

I find it a little ironic that though I wrote this post a few weeks ago and scheduled it for a future date, I was reading information on the Survivors of Incest Anonymous website and clicked on the ‘Fellowship‘ link. The words ‘You Are Not Alone’ were staring me in the face. So, I took a screenshot of it and have put it in this post. I also find irony in that I was listening to the same song (link below) when this happened.

Generally, I prefer original versions of songs as opposed to covers. But this guy does such a great job of it, in his own style, that I’ve actually have grown to prefer it.

Allow me to introduce you to, and don’t fall into the trap of judging a book by its cover, the performer Puddles Pity Party. I doubt you’ve ever heard of him, but to introduce him properly, I have to provide a link to how I came to know of him. It was on “America’s Got Talent”, his first audition in 2017. I expect you’ll be as equally as impressed with him as the judges and audience were. Follow this link.

I suppose part of the reason I like watching his performances is that he does it with such unique and beautiful talent. I think we can be like that, too, side by side of our struggles, we can and do find ways to bring joy to other’s lives. It may be hard to see or accept, but believe it!

Now, having properly introduced him to you, let me welcome to the stage Puddles to sing “Everybody Hurts.”

Thanks for reading.

Wishing you much love and peace,


“Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” ― Mother Teresa

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It has been great to meet and talk with you Matt… I look forward to reading long or short versions of any topic, story, thoughts or emotions you touch on.. I hope they help other survivors in their healing journey.. I know talking about it helps me.. be well !

Fellow survivor Mike

The other day I shared a story on FB about losing two teeth in an accident, and someone said everything isn’t everyone’s business. I said, it was a burden and shame I was holding onto and I no longer wanted to carry it. God told me to turn over my burdens and turn them into … Continue reading Tamirra H.

Tamirra H.

In reaching out to others, you are Christ’s hands. It takes courage and broad shoulders. I will continue to pray that the Holy Spirit guide those open hands into a thriving ministry…Don’t let yourself fail prey to discouragement. It may be your calling. God bless you!

Kathy H.

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