Learn about The National Suicide Prevention Hotline
After the loss of Robin Williams, I think it’s important to remember even if you are hurting there are people out there to help.
“The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7/365 to provide confidential counseling in a crisis. People have called us for help with substance abuse, economic worries, relationship and family problems, sexual orientation, illness, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and even loneliness. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.”
Also, check out Lifeline E-cards - a way to send an e-card and let someone know that you care about them!
Having Courage in the Face of Fear
Sometimes having courage means having the willingness to be vulnerable in the face of scary circumstances. Gavin Aung Thang is a comic book artist who adapts quotes that inspire and motivate him to have courage and be vulnerable into a cartoon blog. Brene Brown interviews him here, where he talks about his journey. If you’ve ever struggled with feeling good enough or being vulnerable, please check out his site.
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.
Learn 3 Words to Help Save Your Relationship
My friend and colleague Jim Walker, LCSW (who practices psychotherapy in Louisville, Kentucky) recently wrote an article about being in conflict with a partner. It’s at these times we can feel like there’s only two things we can do - either attack the other or retreat into ourselves, scared, frightened and angry. But, as Jim points out, there’s a third option that could really save us and our relationship - stepping into our vulnerability. Here’s an excerpt from his article:
"Loneliness- the scarcity of belonging- is a devastating and destructive experience. It is even crueler and more corrosive when it must be endured in the presence of someone whom we have loved and with whom we have experienced comfort, happiness, and safety."
Wow, yes, this is so true. There is nothing more painful than feeling alone in the presence of someone we really love. Read more of Jim’s article here to learn the list of three word phrases that can help you step into your vulnerability and save your relationship.
At the end of our lives, each of us will look back and wonder what really mattered. It won’t be busyness. It’ll be that we were able to love and be intimate with others, that we enjoyed beauty and were creative in some manner. That we lived our lives fully.
The busyness now is in pursuing some accomplishment, commodity, or recognition we think we want. We race to the end of our lives. Then at the finish line, we realize we’ve barely skimmed the surface.