Chloe sat in the center of a nearby wood. Two hours ago, as she traveled to her therapist’s office, her social anxiety rapidly escalated. Since returning to civilian life, she’s severely struggled with her PTSD. Here, she can sit in silence and not fear. Here, she can actually be and feel ok. Since Sandra, her confidant and progressional ear, met her three years ago, Chloe has grown to accept herself. Three times a week, now, she embraces her Shinrin-yoku, forest-bathing. It’s apart of her newly incorporated self-care plan.
This would be such a cliché if it weren’t true… This world needs so so much more love. Wouldn’t a Monday start perfectly, if you knew you started it’s travels? You can’t ever tell who will need it or who’s life it will touch. That wripple spreds far and wide.
No man should ever feel life is theirs, and all pain is of theirs, to cope with alone. No man should struggle with the internal beast that haunts, steals, and destroys simply because society says differently.
Here’s a few affirmations specially for my male readers, who might need to hear them.
This is HUGE!! It may be the most uncomfortable part of the process… because a cause means pain, hurt, embarrassment, suppression, memories… lots of dark and dark junk inside you that’s still… STILL affecting your life, mind, and relationships.
Take some time, as much as you need… and identify what triggers you into anxiety? Depression? Manic Bipolar Spells? Seizures? As you begin breaking down the tangled web, you’ll realize it doesn’t look so scary… because there are actual answers and solutions. There are actual tangible goals that CAN be accomplished in achieving a healthier you.
I want to encourage you to write your journey down! Please don’t feel obligated to share it with anyone. It’s a method that allows you to reflect on how far you’ve come, what habits and patterns are developing, what needs critiqued. It’s your story, and only yours to walk.
I found this in the article linked to this post. It’s a piece of wisdom I will be applying to my own life. I hope it provides you with the same restored sense of control as it did for me.
” One important note to remember is thatyour emotions are not facts. Your emotions are entirely valid- meaning that they are neverrightorwrong. But, they are not always based on realistic or rational thoughts. ”
Here is a man that exemplifies that the issue isn’t a “gun control issue”…. Here’s a man who has a “anger” issue, and hurt others. Sure, maybe not 19 or 40 people, but speaking of the innocence, comparison has no place!
A man who was “full of anger” stabbed, slashed and robbed his way across two Southern California cities in a bloody rampage that killed four people and wounded two others who were apparently targeted at random, authorities said.
— Read on 6abc.com/5451825/
You can find all the details to his thought provoking post HERE🙂
His question: What are the 3 biggest challenges in your country right now? If you’re not Up-to-date on the news, you can respond on a personal level.
I don’t follow the news much; however, one doesn’t need to in order to see big issues in my country.
#1. Racism has been and forever will be the biggest challenge. Sadly, it’s the easiest one to fix. No motherfucker is better than the next. We all are immortal and we all hurt. One day we all are going to die. The ones who are remembered choose to live life with intention and a long term purpose.
#2. Gun violence, unfortunately, has crept it’s way up under the wing of issue 1. I don’t understand why the world feels shooting is going to solve problems. It’s everywhere though. Just last week, right outside a local public library, here in Cleveland, a man shot another man over some weed. The victim didn’t survive. He was 19.
#3. Poverty is the third biggest issue. Again, I’m starting to believe this is a global issue, but I don’t understand why. There’s more empty houses in the United States than there are homeless individuals??!!! It makes no sense. There’s been reports in the last few years where laws and restrictions have been placed about what can be done with outdated food or overstock.
It seems that alittle more love and kindness can solve all kinds of problems… Or maybe I’m just nieve.
This is Laura’s, from Lauarvent69, weekly song challenge. You can read, and listen, more of her challenge HERE:D
I have to send a special shoutout to the loveliest Beckie, from Beckie’s Mental Mess, for the tag. She’s included me, with special consideration of inclusion, while I’m going through a difficult time. I think that’s the best part about this community.
Copy rules and add to your own post, pinging back to this post. Post music videos for your answers to the musical questions. Tag two people to participate! Easy!
#1. A FEEL GOOD SONG 😛
#2. VIDEO THAT MAKES ME CRY:'(
#2.5 THIS VIDEO HAS TO BE SHARED:(
#3. SONG THAT GIVES ME PERSONAL STRENGTH
#4. I HAVE TO INCLUDE THIS SONG AS ONE THAT GIVES ME DIVINE STRENGTH.
EVERY SINGLE EMOTION HAS A PURPOSE, a reason for being , IN YOUR LIFE. Love yourself and those around you through each and every one of them. Right now, this moment is the ONLY guaranteed. Your truth is whatever you are experiencing, and it’s ok.
This is my interpretation of Beckie’s Mental Mess, weekly “Working on Us” prompt. You can read more about it here🙂
She posted a few questions, as well as a picture (or two). Same as she does every week.
This week I was struggling to choose between the two photos, so I’m going to do the first.
I immediately thought, on that’s simple… Depression is dark and the tree is signifying the way out. The more I stared at it, something deeper happened.
The blackened area is nearly impossible to navigate. That’s what depression feels like. There’s no light, no sense of direction. The darkened area is also enclosed. There’s endless darkness; and it feels like it’s going to swallow us up. There’s no hope, no way out, no running from it, no avoiding it…
It’s then, that depression leads to in bed all day. It leads to no showers for days, little appetite, all that is colorless, dingy, gloomy, and powerless. Our depression doesn’t remove what we have. It merely dims the light around it, with grief, lies, and black.
It takes deliberate persistence to refind that mustard seed of hope. It’s always been there; it’ll always be there. The tree is our roots, the center that keeps us grounded. It’s the truths that shine, despite circumstances.
This was a refreshing reminder that our circumstances don’t remove roots of our true selves.
Can’t say I didn’t take accountability for myself! Haha. Listen though y’all, going through life and trying to please everyone isn’t living… It’s existing. You’re trying to prevent conflict. You’re trying to keep a consistent flow. You’re trying to be cool with everyone.
Is that being honest with yourself? Seems to me, that’s a lifestyle of someone who doesn’t know who he/she is. This individual just blends in with the rest, never ruffling feathers.
Knowing who you are is important. Living your truths is even more important… And guess what, more often than not, truth is going to piss someone off! It’s true. You’re going to decide to set yourself free; and people are absolutely going to hate you for it…
Maybe you’re free from their control.
Maybe you’re free from their munipulation.
Maybe free from abuse, neglect, and misuse.
Whatever you leave behind, and whatever future YOU decide for you, count on making a few enemies.
But, tell yourself it’s ok… Because it is. You’re not living for anyone but yourself anymore. This is especially true for those so called ” close family members and friends”, that never treated you how you deserved.
When you’re doing things right, you’ll have people who disapprove. Those who love you, will get over it. Those who don’t, are finally facing an issue they’ve suppressed for to long and it finally resurfaced. (They should be thanking you!).
But, most importantly, you’ll be living… And that’s the purpose of being alive.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every Thursday, Beckie, from Beckie’s Mental Mess, blogs about the dangerously increasing issue of mental health. She includes a few questions and an image, encouraging participants to write of that which sparks inspiration. You can check out last week’s submittions by clicking the link above.
I am usually drawn to the images in the prompt. This week follows suite.
The darkness fell upon her,
Just as the sunset faded to night.
She feared these hours, most.
The voices would soon, resonate,
The secrets of her past, horrors of
Her life, and lies about her character.
Quiet Whispers, subtle and familiar,
The haunting familiarity of endless hours.
Her mistakes visited, stared her in the face.
Anxiety attacked every inch of her weakening confidence.
Insecurities surfaced, breaking her down.
The night brought her storms,
Caging her into solitude, fearful of judgement.
She struggled with facing society, functioning normally,
And do so while sensing judgement from every passerby.
If nothing else, would you take time to simply give someone undivided attention? Would you actively listen to someone so he/she feels heard? It’s all the individual wants sometimes… It’s easy to do… It’s a kind gesture… And it’s worth everything to the recipient and free from you.
I’ve been through some crap. I’m hella certainly not going to devalue it, for ANY reasons!
Testing my sanity, yesterday was an emotional war!!
But, I wept.. and the morning came!
In 9 days, 18 families lost loved ones to an evil addiction.
Morning didn’t come for those 18 overdose victims. Mourning came to the brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers.
You see, this is my “time of healing” and ” silver lining ” that I knew was coming!
No it’s NOT the death of human life… it’s the LIFE of MY LOVED ONES 🧡💚 God KNOWS my Boyfriend’s son makes me nuts, but he’s important to me! My boyfriend can drive me crazy. My girls push my buttons… But you know what, none of them are out fighting such a monstrous evil!
When you WANT to see POSITIVE and HEALING… When that’s your intention, you WILL 💖