Disasters – Natural and Not Natural

tearsMy heart has been heavy for the past two days about the disaster in Nepal.  It is a far away land that I don’t know much about except that a friend traveled there a few years ago and brought back fascinating slides of his trip.  My neice (well close enough to niece) went there to visit a few months ago while working in Thailand and she too was intrigued by the people and places.  It seems to have a quiet draw.  Perhaps it is their deep spirituality that attracts us.  Perhaps it is their simple life and their generosity and openness to the world who come to climb their mountains.

Today they are digging for the innocent and unaware who could not escape the devastation of the earthquake.  Much of the world has risen to the call and is finding ways to help them heal their broken lives and bodies.

There was no knowing this would happen.  There was no way to stop it. 5000 lives lost.

I can hear the weeping of mothers in my heart.

There are other hearts I hear weeping tonight.  These are much closer to home.

A young woman from a local high school took her own life yesterday.  She had been bullied.  This did not have to happen.  There was a way to stop it.

When will we learn to be kinder to one another.  When will this devastation stop.  Over 4000 people a year in Canada die by suicide.

Can you find it in your heart to support the dying…those in Nepal and those who are dying a slow, painful and unnoticed death in our back yard.

Learn what to do to help in Nepal.

Learn what to do to help at home.  ASIST courses (Applied Suicide Intervention)

Your Life Counts and many more.  A quick google search on suicide prevention and bullying will bring up a host of resources.  Be sure to go the places that know the truth like mental health organizations.

Kindness does not cost a thing.

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About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises, I work as an "Associate Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and soon to be, spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 20 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. My own passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director. I am studying with the Ontario Jubilee Program. This new field I believe puts all my talents with people into one place which and may​ become something I can continue into retirement. Supporting people is what I do best. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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