Love Thy Neighbor

I planned to post something else today but I had errands to run first and didn’t want to rush a post. While on the way to the bank, mailbox and grocery store I turned on the radio. I have a few preset stations in the car and often flip through when I’m at a light to catch news or a weather report or find a good song.

I happened on a talk show host talking about what his family went through last week. His brother in law committed suicide. I stuck to that for the rest of my ride.

Suicide is particularly devastating to me. So much possibility lost. So many devastated people left in the wake. Ripples that spread not just today but into the future.

The current situation we are living in breeds depression and magnifies sadness and loneliness. As social animals we shouldn’t be staying apart. It goes against everything that is to be human. We are our brother’s keeper and if we aren’t reaching out to others how do we know they are struggling. Children specifically have a difficult time. They have lost the most and live more in the moment.

We need to reach out to others. We need to have difficult conversations about feelings and figure out what we can do to help those that are struggling. We have to be willing to reach out when we need help. We need to do better.

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7 Responses to Love Thy Neighbor

  1. My uncle committed suicide – long before I was born – but the aftermath of that act still rippled through the family. His name was spoken with sadness, always, with regret, with guilt. I never met him, and from the stories I’ve heard, I think I would have loved him. I wish he’d waited for me. Maybe I could have saved him.

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    • I’m so sorry. My immediate family does not have a history with suicide but it has been around the edge my entire life. The loss of potential is immeasurable. How many lives could the person have touched? The devastation to lost left behind is palpable. It really should be discussed in a much more open way.

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  2. kathyreeves says:

    So very well said Karen. One act of kindness to a stranger daily can cause immeasurable positive ripples. We need to be reminded of that often, and do it!

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  3. chrisknits says:

    It is a heavier burden on those left behind when suicide is involved. Many feel like they are at fault for not recognizing or doing something. Losing someone to disease of the body is heart wrenching so sure, but to lose them to a disease of the mind is even more devastating.

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  4. Stefanie says:

    Good reminders in this post.

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