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Tonight I was honored to attend a fundraiser in Nashville for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event raised $65,000.00 for their foundation.
It is an organization that grants wishes for children ages 3 to 18 who have life threatening illnesses.
College girls modeled in a fashion show to raise money for the foundation. They invited 6 children who are "Make-A- Wish kids" to be in the show as well.
My 3 year old granddaughter was a model in the show. She was born with multiple heart defects. She walked the runway and added in some ballerina moves. There were speakers. One of the speakers was a 15 year old Make-A-Wish recipient.
It was truly inspiring.
I was trying to hold back tears during the entire 2 hour event. All of a sudden, my struggles didn't seem so big. During the evening, I was also convicted to become a volunteer for the organization to help children receive a wish as they struggle with a terminal illness. I was inspired. I am sharing to inspire you as well.
It is easy to over commit, to do too much, get burned out, become worn out, become overwhelmed, become stressed out and spread too thin.
Do not let being too busy rob you of your joys and peace.
Stop committing to things and people if it is stressing you. Everything is about having a balance. Take inventory today and ask yourself if you can cut commitments or other things out or down from your life that are frustrating you, giving you anxiety, or overwhelming you.
Ask yourself if you are living a life that is balanced or a life that is overwhelming and hectic and make the needed changes for peace.
When we bless others, we are the ones who usually get blessed more.
I know that I have reached out to help others over the years and then in various ways, I was blessed ten fold.
We do not do things for others to get something in return but that is what usually happens.
I just read a story where a man heard of a woman who needed a liver transplant or she was going to die within weeks. Without even meeting her, he made the decision to give her half of his liver to save her life.
They met and both had the procedures and a year and a half later- they were married!
Only crazy and mentally unstable people commit suicide.
Only adults can get depressed and suicidal.
People who commit suicide are people who were not ever willing to seek or accept help.
If you talk about suicide to someone, it will give them the idea to take their life.
If a person attempts suicide once, they will not ever try to take their life again.
Someone who is suicidal and depressed always feel sad.
It is helpful to tell someone who is suicidal to "cheer up". Suicide is mainly a problem for white and middle class individuals. It is good to keep it a secret if someone tells you that they are suicidal. People who talk about suicide will not ever really do it.
If someone is determined to kill themselves, then nothing will stop them from doing so.
Again, these are MYTHS about suicide.
If you or someone that you know is suicidal, seek help. There is always HOPE!
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There is ALWAYS HOPE and HEALING!!!!!!!!!!! Do Not Give Up!!!!!!!!
How does depression differ from occasional sadness?
Everyone at one time or another feels low in spirits. However, these low spirits pass quickly and fairly easily.
Someone who has depression feels low in spirits for a longer time frame. Depression is when someone is low in spirits for at least 2 weeks straight or longer. Someone who is depressed usually feels hopeless as well. They also tend to blame themselves for feeling so low.
Further, depression interferes with
activities of daily living such as workor not being able to concentrate on tasks.
When someone is depressed, they have difficulty eating and/ or sleeping.
Other possible symptoms of depression
include chronic pain, headaches or stomach aches. Some people may also feel
angry or restless for long periods of time.
People who are depressed may also become overwhelmed and
exhausted and stop participating in some of their everyday activities
They may withdraw from family and friends.
Individuals who are depressed may also have thoughts of death or suicide.