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A Place to Cry

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A Place to Cry

Virginia Woolf wrote that “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”

A certain space, I imagined, where creative energy could flow freely.  I crave that when I want to write , when I have thoughts that just have to be captured on paper.  It is often not a room though for me, but just a space. A gracious and plush yellow couch…a rattan chair outside under the blue dome and blazing sun.

Just as important is a place to cry.  A indispensable space for my life energy to flow and for healing to continue. A place where my tears flow freely and without judgment.  Without pity.  Without question.  Without ready solutions.  Just to let them fall over my cheeks .  I taste their saltiness. Their wetness is real. And often they are just below the surface of my daily mask.  Perched.  Ready.

I am grateful for a place to cry.  I need it.  I crave it.  Even if its just for a moment.  A woman, a man must have love of self and a place to cry if she/he is to live fully.

Do you have a place?

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YOU can save a life! Suicide is real but NOT the answer.

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YOU can save a life! Suicide is real but NOT the answer.

Did you know you have the power to save lives?  Did you know that you can give hope to someone who may feel hopeless?

In a recent NY Times article a study on suicide states that the rates of suicide has surged to an all time high over 30 years.  It has risen in every age group except older adults and most alarmingly among girls ages 10 to 14. In all, 42,773 people died from suicide in 2014, compared with 29,199 in 1999.

Suicide is a public health issue.  This is an issue that we can all address:

We can address it by talking about hope in the face of hopelessness.  

We can remind folks that suicidal thoughts may be a symptom of depression AND

depression (and other mental disorders) is an illness not unlike cancer or diabetes.

We can say that having depression is not your fault, that you did not bring it on yourself, it is not a reflection of your character and it nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.

We can tell our own stories.  We can encourage others to tell theirs…with no expectations, no judgement…only love.

We can talk about the Help that is always available-  primary care physicians, therapists; medication, healthy diets, wholistic methods, light therapy and the list goes on.

Help, Hope and healing is available!

If you are having suicidal thoughts, remember you are loved, you are ENOUGH and you deserve life, No Matter What.

Text here for help: Crisis Text Line  Call here for help: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Read my books Here.

Remember your word to your servant in which you have made me hope. This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.  Psalm 119.