"Some people when they have taken too much and have been driven beyond the point of endurance, simply crumble and give up. There are others, though they are not many, who will for some reason always be unconquerable. You meet them in time of war and also in time of peace. They have an … Continue reading Quote of the Day: Roald Dahl
http://theoatmeal.com/comics/unhappy This is incredibly well put. I'm normally not much for comics, but this is amazing. Absolutely amazing. I'm not happy. I'm fascinated by existence and consciousness and philosophy. It is both Heaven and Hell. And I wouldn't have it any other way. An Anonymous Outsider
Things have been too emotionally rough for me to muster the energy to write much. I'm not gone, and the story is not over. Just a pause... An Anonymous Outsider
My mom brought me a stack of photos yesterday, that she found while cleaning her room. She was bringing them to me in general because they were pictures of me, or me with my Dad, that she knew I would want; but there was one picture in particular that seemed to drive her to show … Continue reading The Lost Girl and The Wounded Woman
I've had a lot going on mentally the past few days. A blog entry I read on here led me into a rabbit hole comprised of hours and hours of research, which led to some surprising revelations for me. I will go into all of that in further detail soon when I have more time, … Continue reading In Pursuit of a Retreat
I've been trying to figure out how to go about "Choosing My Own Path" (that's a link to the entry explaining what the heck I'm talking about). When you've spent your whole life getting swept along, it's hard to know what to do with an opportunity to set your own course. The chance is in … Continue reading The Paths Ahead
A great guide to handling a life or death conversation. Thanks for sharing.
You don’t need fancy words to start a potentially life-saving conversation. A simple “Are things so bad you are thinking of ending your life?” is enough.
If the answer is “Yes”, don’t respond by reciting a litany of reasons there are to go on living or try to guilt or shame the person into not killing themselves because it would hurt you or be inconvenient for others. If the answer is “No”, don’t assume you are hearing the truth.
Such actions are dangerous, insensitive, and counter-productive. Worse, they will end the conversation when it most needs to be heard.
Instead, listen, express concern (in a non-judgemental way), and reassure the person you would like to help them in whatever way needed in that moment. This could mean not talking at all, but just being there, unafraid of the darkness spoken between you and residing in them. It could also mean…
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I apparently missed the fact that there was a big debate going on about this, but I'm actually quite relieved to see this issue getting some spotlight. Trigger warnings rarely deter me from viewing content, much like one person said in the article, but they do help me brace myself for what I'm getting into. … Continue reading Trigger Warnings
Day 3 of the #loveme challenge. One word describing myself. I think I would have to choose "Contradictory". So many of my personality traits are very strong, and would seem to clash with one another from an external viewpoint. Same with my beliefs. I am a contradiction. And I'm okay with that.
So today is day 2, and I can't do a photo. So I will share a painting done for me custom by a family friend, as it spoke to me and I felt it was a perfect fit. See you tomorrow for Day 3, and join me in the #loveme challenge.