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braving the storm

Braving The Storm

 

Robin Williams did not kill himself; a powerful statement, I know, given all the information that we are privy to.

The depression that invaded him is what shortened his life in this place. The thing that most people don’t understand about suicide is that; it isn’t that the person doesn’t want to live…but, instead, that they don’t want to be in pain anymore. These types of pain, mental and physical, can be devastating; but just imagine how dire a situation would have to be, in order to cause a person to take their own life. Imagine being so bogged down in despair that you no longer want to breathe. Now imagine your oxygen supply being cut off…that is real pain.

Mental illness is real. It’s as real as diabetes or high blood pressure. But this topic goes without conversation. We don’t want anyone to think that we are crazy, after all. We have the opportunity to stand up and speak out, but sadly we sit quietly…hoping that no one will notice how withdrawn we have become. We avoid crowds, loved ones and basic necessities. This is a gradual downhill slope. We often don’t see it coming. Sometimes, we wish someone would notice; would see…us clearly; so we wouldn’t have to mask the pain

Depression starts out slowly, it is possible that it happens before the person living with it… even realizes it’s there. Like most things, when it starts slowly, we may not even understand the impact that it is having on us. Perhaps we haven’t left the house in an exceptionally long time; or we lock themselves in our room all day. This is not laziness, this is how the disease works. It preys on our weaknesses, until we feel like weakness is all that we have.

It can lead us to believe that nothing is as it seems…people, places, things…everything has now become suspicious. The dark cloud gets thicker…with fewer rays of light and love being able to infiltrate it. The sadness can be overwhelming, but for some reason we do our best to cover it up. After all, who would want to make someone else feel bad…over a situation that we should have had control over? Somehow we must have failed…the destructive thoughts that depression brings, can be exactly that…destructive.

We may feel like failures or perhaps we have stopped feeling altogether. We hide our war with this cruel enemy; which is perfectly content watching us self-destruct. And this is exactly what can and does happen….all too often.

We must open the floor for discussions when it comes to mental illness. We have to wash away the stigma attached to it and move upward and onward. Mental illness is nothing that we are responsible for…it happened to us…not because of us.

We must learn the warning signs and symptoms. We must, as family and friends, watch out for our loved ones. Ask questions and get involved. Leave no room for regret…but be aware that life is fragile. We have such a small window of opportunity when it comes to this disease.

For those people who feel the need to criticize and ridicule those who have succumbed to suicide…we will pray for you. I find no greater offense than speaking ill of the dead.

Let us not spend so much time and energy condemning those, like Robin Williams, who simply could not hold on anymore. Instead, let us celebrate their lives and the way that they loved us. There are far too many of us Braving The Storm.

Listen in at My Rays of Light Radio on Tuesday at 10pm EST


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On Tuesday’s radio show, we talked about Lupus awareness; how it affects those of us who have the illness and those who love us.

It was a beautiful show, as we had much participation. Our special guest was Delma Carlton; it was a blessing to have such an inspiring woman with us.

Delma is a runner; and in November she will be running the New York Marathon for 3 great causes: Lupus, Autism, and Charge Syndrome.

After research I found that, CHARGE syndrome is a disorder that affects many areas of the body. CHARGE stands for coloboma, heart defect, atresia choanae (also known as choanal atresia), retarded growth and development, genital abnormality, and ear abnormality. The pattern of malformations varies among individuals with this disorder, and infants often have multiple life-threatening medical conditions.

I want to thank Delma for all her efforts in bringing attention to these life altering conditions.

In efforts to try and help her achieve the goals she has set; she has a site where we can all donate.

I would encourage, if you are able, to take a look at the site and donate if possible.

I want to thank you all, in advance, for your care and concern.

I wish you all Light and Love…

~LM Young

The Victory


The Victory

It’s that moment we all fear

We wake up from that cloud

How did we get here

We scream out loud

What happens to us now

How do we find our way

We ponder why and how

When did it all fall astray

How do we move past this

How do we pull it together

All the signs we missed

Are we to be numb forever

No a voice rushed in

You are on your way out

The only fear is within

Release all of the doubt

You can overcome this plight

The only chains that bind

Are found only in your sight

The desolation of your mind

You survived and are here

Your example a road map

Showing that hope is near

The Phoenix’s aftermath

Rise above those flames

Gaze your eyes on the sky

As glorious as your name

You are destined to fly

Shine on beautiful angel

Pave the way for others too

Soar as you are now able

The victory belongs to you

                                                          ~LM Young

I Have Something To Say


I Have Something To Say

I was hurt yesterday by something that I saw. It broke my heart and ruined my entire day. Today, however, is a new day…and I have something to say.

Sitting quietly, cautiously, careful to not cause ripples in the water…does not contribute to peace. Still water grows stagnate; disease grows there. We must make waves. Waves washing against the rocks will smooth the rough edges. Waves wash away the old and bring in the new. The movement of water is a necessity of life. Our bodies and this world are comprised mostly of water. Water and the frequency it is motivated by; can tame the savage beast.

Gandhi, a man of peace, did not sit by and do nothing. He took a stand. Even in Gandhi’s way; he said NO MORE. Gandhi did not emulate still water, but the waters of change.

Peace is imperative, but it cannot be achieved by sitting quietly and screaming, in silence. If there are riots all around you and you sit quietly…what did you contribute to? Being idle…can be complacent. You may not be brandishing a firearm; but NOT TO CHOOSE…is to choose.

It is our responsibility to stand up and speak out. When we fail to do this, because we don’t want people to look at us harshly…we are thinking only with our ego. Our ego gives us a false sense of security. We are supposed to maintain this Creation. To sit by and say nothing when your heart screams to do something is similar to; being given a potted plant to take care of for a month. You have the plant and you can clearly see that it needs water, and everything inside you tells you to water it. However, you decide to just watch the plant, as it withers away. We are given the responsibility of maintaining this beautiful gift of Creation. We are supposed to love it, nurture it and treat it with gentle care.

My daughter cried when the hurricane destroyed trees in our neighborhood, a few years ago. She lost sleep. It literally broke her heart. What she found more disconcerting however was the fact that people made remarks similar to “it is just a tree; there are more trees that can take its place.” My daughter, my child understood this one truth …every man, woman, child, and blade of grass is accounted for. There is no one greater or of more value on this earth…than anyone else. One is not more important than the other and to think that is not true…is “The Greatness Fallacy”.

What causes the greatness fallacy? When we start believing the lies we have been telling others. When we start thinking that we are all that we need in this life. Sometimes we can be so busy patting ourselves on the back that we forget…we have been gifted this life…not GIVEN this life. What is the difference you may ask? A gift is unexpected and undeserved; you did nothing to receive the gift. You did not sparkle or shine any brighter than anyone else…but our Creator had confidence in your ability.

Let us not forget that we are only here for a short while and we must spend that time wisely. We must seek our purpose…or be patient while it seeks us. We have a responsibility to get our work done.

We must not get too comfortable here…this is not our resting place…it is not home. It is a place of embracing one another’s differences. For what happens all too often is that we will be so busy building walls; we are forgetting to mend bridges. We are not supposed to sit around and make lists of how we are different; and use that list as a means of isolation. For there will come a time when we will be called on and asked…how we contributed to this gift. We will stand all alone; and what good will that list of walls be then? I doubt our Creator will be concerned about the differences of the heart or mind…for our souls are divinely grounded.

Many have sought Gandhi’s peace; but TRUE peace is found within us all. We are often fooled by words that have been used erroneously. We seek inspiration. How many times must we hear someone say, they are looking to be inspired? The word itself tells you…inspiration is within us. We just need to find it and watch how our path illuminates.

I have great hopes for mankind. I, like you, have watched the atrocities that are going on. I have seen police officers beat men that appear to be doing little to nothing. I have watched veterans come home to a country that seems to have no problem leaving them homeless. I have seen stories where parents have abused and neglected their own children. I have seen us selling poison on the streets, for the hopes of a dollar. But I have seen the waters part and the hopes of a better day beginning. I know that it is always darkest before the dawn. I have no doubt that better days are ahead of us; but I must tell you…we must work for them.

We must stand up for those less fortunate. We must speak out on behalf of those who may be too afraid to speak. We must be the hero that we are always searching for. Don’t spend so much time adorning the man in the mirror that you forget that he has a purpose.

Be mindful in your speech, you use your delightful words. Being a beautiful person in speech and heart…takes nothing from you. Give to others…truly become your brother/sisters keeper. Support one another…and shine Our Creators light wherever you can.

Remember in a world that is caught on fire…you may be our only hope.

I hope you all get a chance to listen in on my radio show…here is a link to my show about HOPE

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/mwhyllc/2014/01/22/my-rays-of-light-show-with-host-lm-young

 

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