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It is our presence that matters.


I have been listening to Australian artist, Missy Higgins' performance of Nightminds this week after she performed a brilliant acoustic version on Nova106.9. The Nightminds lyrics are beautiful and heartfelt demonstrations of empathy. I was in tears before the end of the first verse. As I listen to these lyrics, I am reminded that when we come face to face with someone who is hurting, we don't need to know the right thing to say. We just need to show up. And stay.


"Night minds" Missy Higgins


Just lay it all down.

Put your face into my neck and let it fall out.

I know, I know, I know

I knew before you got home.

This world you're in now.

It doesn't have to be alone.

I'll get there somehow 'cause

I know, I know, I know

When, even springtime feels cold.


But I will learn to breathe this ugliness you see,

So we can both be there and we can both share the dark.

And in our honesty, together we will rise,

Out of our night minds, and into the light

At the end of the fight.


You were blessed by a different kind of inner view,

It's all magnified.

The highs would make you fly,

and the low make you want to die.

And I was once there, hanging from that very ledge

where you are standing.

So, I know, I know, I know.

It's easier to let go.


But I will learn to breathe this ugliness you see,

So we can both be there and we can both share the dark.

And in our honesty, together we will rise,

Out of our night minds, and into the light

At the end of the fight.


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© 2017 Dr Jodie Bradnam

Dr Jodie Bradnam holds a Doctor of Philosophy, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, First Class Honours in Psychology, and Bachelor of Social Sciences.