My 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.