Tell Somebody

I love this little conversation between Pooh and Piglet. It speaks volumes on so many levels. It speaks to both the depressed and the friends of those who may be struggling.

It truly breaks my heart when I hear of a person who remains in depression, or due to that depression, a person who has committed suicide, and in the current cultural push of awareness, we hear so many blogs, posts and notices that we should check on our friends, we should reach out, and we should be there for those suffering. Yes, I wholeheartedly agree, and I believe the awareness should be alive and well. However, what I see happening in this push, and what I wish would also be pushed at the same heightened state, is those who are struggling desperately need to speak up just as much as friends need to be aware!

I love what Pooh says to Piglet, he had a difficult day, but he didn’t really want to talk about it. Too often, it seems the focus of awareness is so pivoted on those left behind, but if we say anything directed toward the one who remained silent, then, we are relegated as being insensitive, cold and even cruel in our approach.

Yet, if I could intervene with this blame (and justification) game, I wish I could. Speaking truth into someone’s life, especially, someone who is in trouble and may even become dangerous to themselves or someone else, is not being cruel and heartless. Sometimes, it can be a lifesaver!

If I am standing in the street, and a Mack truck is flying down the road, and I am just too sad, too depressed or even too blind to see it, please, someone scream, yell, or run over to me and yank me out of that street!! Because sometimes, the best thing for a person is not a coddling and pampering but a spoken word of truth that helps to bring them back to reality.

11 thoughts on “Tell Somebody

  1. It is sad to hear about the fact that there are 12 million women in the U.S. suffering with depression … 12 million! And one of them, a client’s wife, got up out of her bed, on Friday, September 20th and walked out the door and into the River. Her husband awoke at 5:00 a.m. and she was gone – her body was found on the 23rd and her funeral was today. Very scary and I never remember hearing about so many suicides … and the celebrities especially … you would think they have it all wouldn’t you? Yet something is not right. To look at this client’s wife, a 51-year-old, married to a successful businessman and three kids … they live on a street on Grosse Ile that are mansions. What went so wrong Mia?

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    • That is heartbreaking. Oh, my heart breaks for that husband and their family. 😔 … My humble perspective would be to say life isn’t about material possessions, personal beauty or any kind of glitz and glamour. If we ever put our hopes in anything here on earth, we will be let down, and our confidence will fail every time, because it’s placed in sinking sand. … Although, many would try to debate it, the old, childhood song is still true, “The wise man built his house upon the rock. … The foolish man built his house upon the sand.. … the rains came down, the floods came up, and the house on the rock stood firm. The house on the sand went ‘splat!’” Placing our confidence in Him does not make life easier, but it surely brings a measure of peace and strength that doesn’t come without Him! 💕 Praying for you and dealing with this desperate situation…

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      • Yes, it is heartbreaking. I would look at their picture that was circulated all over social media to help find her (although the first day she went missing, the police did not indicate she suffered from depression) … I’d think “the perfect family, the perfect life” … but to my knowledge the husband has not be labeled a suspect but there is nothing in the news about it at all since her body was discovered. I agree with the childhood song … I live frugally here by myself and don’t want for anything but have no great expectations either. I’ve put away funds for the future, but lost some due to the volatility of the stock market. That is worrisome as I am alone now and likely will be the duration of my life. but I am fine with that too. I was laid off a while then took took time to care for my mom before she passed away, and not hired back for another year and at that part-time (though I work more hours than I am paid … I like the convenience of working from home and don’t miss the commute which would even out with what hours I am not paid).
        So, I have learned to do with little and am happy … I have a small house and don’t want for anything and you are right, the more toys and possessions you have, even a smiling picture of you and your significant other does not mean everything is “right in the world” … my thought is may people try to find peace and counseling if necessary because it is selfish to do this and leave behind loved ones who will be lost without your presence.

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