don’t give up

        Everyday on Facebook people post and tell others “Don’t give up.” They are nice sayings but the pandemic has taken its toll on the world.  Not to mention, violence is cropping up heavily in the United States and a few European countries.  Large numbers of people have lost their jobs and have no idea when they will be employed again.  Many businesses have closed resulting in fewer positions available. Looking for work is not easy.  Many of the positions available are for lower pay because the companies know individuals are desperate.  It is wrong as there is inflation and everyone has the same bills to pay every month.  Employers should really try to think it through and remember what it was like when they might have been struggling.   All you see on the internet are people who can’t go on and are acting out their aggression on other individuals.  Just the other day, a woman was killed over road rage while she was on an anniversary getaway with her husband. I am sure people are telling him ‘don’t give up.’ Life isn’t easy but if we dwell on everything that is wrong, nothing right will ever happen.  There are videos all the time on Facebook about men and occasionally women, leaving their families. The person left behind always tells themselves, “Don’t give up.”  They make a plan and have the determination to make it without their partner.  In the Good Gus series there were never any stories where people gave up.  The point of the series is to remind children if something goes wrong, there is always a solution.  The books are available online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online for your reading pleasure at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

 Almost everyone believes they are mentally strong until a crisis occurs. That is when individuals discover their inner strengths or weaknesses. What is the difference between the two?  First, the mentally strong don’t waste their valuable time feeling sorry for themselves.  Self pity doesn’t do anyone any good.  Thinking and feeling positive, however, does.  Stand up for yourself.  Often people are afraid, lack the courage, and have no self worth which enables others to say and do what they want and make them even weaker.  Oprah Winfrey had a rough life.  However, she chose to be mentally strong and overcome all of her obstacles.  Many people have anxiety because they constantly worry which makes their minds weak.  You cannot focus on things that are out of your control.  If you can’t control things happening around you, control your immediate environment as best as you can.  You will feel less stressed and possibly increase your overall happiness.  Mentally strong people are not afraid to take a risk.  We’re not talking about jumping off a plane and trying sky diving.  It’s more in the area of business, financial, emotional, social or even physical to a certain degree.  The people that you look up to that you believe are resilient  are the type who dwell on the past.  Since you cannot change it, there is just no point.  They also remember their mistakes so they don’t repeat them.  In addition to no self pity, they also are not quitters.  Just because something went wrong the first time, doesn’t necessarily mean it will repeat itself.  Lastly, the strong minded don’t feel that the world owes them anything.  They are grateful for what they do have and just want to strive for more.  Success isn’t always immediate but with a strong will you will succeed.  If nothing else, remember solitude can help you relax your mind and is good for your personal mental health.  In the Good Gus series, all the characters are mentally strong.  The series, available on Kindle, gives the young reader a solid perspective about being positive and believing in one’s self.  If you feel you are not mentally strong, take a bit of time and think about how you can improve your life so that when challenges occur you will be able to handle them without fear and with inner strength.  “Misplaced Trust” shows many of the difficulties individuals face and how they rise to the occasion.  The book is available on 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

depressionsilent illnesssilent  Depression is a silent disease as well as heart disease, celiac, osteoporosis, etc.. You can often not even be aware that a person has depression because it is not visible like cancer, kidney failure, an addiction,  etc.  People don’t want others to know that they suffer from depression. Yet, the statistics state that the number of people with the silent disease is staggering. Sometimes individuals aren’t even aware that they suffer from depression. They just assume that that is the way they are supposed to feel when in reality it isn’t. It occurs in both adults and children.  I know a few people who have depression. Unless you really know them well, you would never guess that they have a silent disease. They work every day, they seem to be in a reasonable frame of mind, yet, up close they are extremely sad. There are people who seek professional help and see a therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist to remedy their situation. Often medications help, sometimes its a change of life style, and in some situations they need more endorphin’s from exercise. Whatever works that helps them enjoy life is what is most important. The silent disease makes it difficult to help people who pretend that there is nothing wrong. For some people, it is truly genetic or a chemical imbalance.  Discovering the cure is not always easy.  It is my understanding that many medical facilities are using Electroshock Therapy for depression.  In some cases, people are cured as their brain is sent the waves to change patterns.  There are people, though, where it doesn’t work at all.  This type of individual actually becomes more depressed as they feel they will never get better and live a normal happy life.  In some ways its as cruel as cancer.  It overtakes a person and then the battle to get rid of it is an all out war.  I hope anyone who has these issues will see that help is available and to never give up hope.  There are times when it does seem hopeless, but please don’t give up.

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