A Month to Save a Life

 

September is National Suicide Prevention Month in America.

Two years ago this month, I wrote a series of posts on this topic, “A Ray of Light”, Parts 1-4. I invite you to read them if this is something that concerns you or someone you know. I shared information about the signs a person may be suicidal, what to do for someone who is, and who to contact for help.

This means something to me. I myself have had suicidal thoughts in the past, and came close to doing it once, and I lost an uncle to it many years ago.

It still registers as a national health crisis, as often as it occurs, and it’s getting worse. The statistics bear that out.

And I have to ask, why is that so? Where are we failing these people?

Is word not getting out that help is available? Is suicide still too uncomfortable a subject to mention in public?

Well, how comfortable are we with all these people killing themselves?

Folks, we have to talk about this more. We need to be perceptive around our friends and family. We need to not be ashamed to ask for help. We need to not hesitate to ask to help.

During this month that focuses on suicide, let’s all make it our focus. It’s extremely important. We’ve got to get a handle on this. Way too many precious lives are needlessly lost every year, every day. We can put an end to it.

Life can really suck sometimes, I know. But let’s all face it together. None of us has to alone. Please, reach out for help. Don’t give up.

 

I almost gave up 33 years ago. I’m glad it didn’t happen.

Wotta Night

 

One of my favorite blogs to read is called Stuff That Needs to Be Said, by John Pavlovitz. Much of the stuff he says does, I agree, need to be said.

And sometimes, it just needs to be said to me.

For example:

Last night, I had a terrible time trying to get to sleep because, as I lay in bed, I became overcome with a feeling of utter hopelessness over the future of America, if not the world. (It started as hopelessness over me, and quickly grew from there. That’s how my mind works.)

I just was overwhelmed with the feeling of what’s the use? Why even try to do any good in the world? We’re standing in front of a rising tidal wave of evil.

So today, I found this post by John Pavlovitz I recalled reading last April, called, “Here’s Why You Can’t Lose Hope.”

Really. That’s the title. I thought it would be a good time to read it again.

You see? Stuff that needed to be said to me.  Stuff I needed to hear. And I’ll probably need to hear it several more times.

If you think that stuff needs to be said to you, too, read it here

On second thought, forget the probably. I know I’ll need to hear it more times. Hope fades quickly these days; the fight is long and continuous and unrelenting.

But, so many have fought before us, we can’t erase their legacy by surrendering.

No matter how much sleep I may lose over it.

 

 

I will not!

When one of my fellow bloggers says something better than I could, it’s my pleasure to share it with you. My friend Larry Paul Brown says it this time.

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“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.  But those that will not break it kills.  It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially.  If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” ERNEST HEMINGWAY

broken heartedThe very good and the very gentle and the very brave – let’s focus on those words.  The world system seems to despise those who have a moral compass, those who are peacemakers, those who have the courage to march to a different drummer.  Governments, religions, and financial systems do not honor a man/woman who answers their demands with “no, I will not live that way.”

We are labeled ‘unpatriotic’ if we do not toe the current disgrace posing as a legitimate government.  When we kneel in obeisance to compassion and…

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Lung Damage

 

The Amazon Rainforest is on fire.

What does that have to do with me?, you ask.

Well, let’s see: For starters, the Rainforest produces 20% of the oxygen in the world’s atmosphere.

I’ll let you dwell on that for a minute.

One-fifth of the world’s oxygen. Small wonder the Amazon is known as “the lungs of the planet.”

And it’s burning up. At a record rate, according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, who has been tracking the fires since 2013. More than 1½ soccer fields of Amazon rainforest are being destroyed every minute of every day, according to the Institute.

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When I first learned about it today, it horrified me, but I felt totally helpless to do anything.

Do you feel the same?

Then, go to https://www.cnet.com/how-to/the-amazon-rainforest-is-on-fire-what-we-know-so-far-and-how-you-can-help/ for some suggestions on what you can do, short of actually going down there and fighting the fires yourself, and for more background on this story.

Share it with everyone. Our planet is losing its capacity for keeping us alive. Don’t know about you, but I think that’s serious.

National Joke

 

For all my Liberal readers out there, some jokes to make your day from fellow blogger Ends and Beginnings

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Trump Clown

Yes, this clown is our national joke but today is also officially National Tell a Joke Day. So to celebrate and recognize our national joke with some humor, at his expense, below are a few of my favorite T-rump jokes. Feel free to share yours.

How do you get Trump to change a light bulb? Tell him Obama put it in.

What’s the difference between Trump and the Hindenburg? One is a flaming Nazi gasbag and the other is a zeppelin.

What did Trump say when asked how to respond to Hurricane Florence? “Pay her the same as Stormy Daniels!”

A man died one day and went to heaven. As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. He asked, “What are all those clocks?” St. Peter replied, “Those are lie clocks. Everyone on earth has a lie-clock. Every…

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