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Monday, December 17, 2012


Playing with Connie, the baby dolphin, at Sea World

Thinking About:
Well remember how I published this post on Friday morning? I wasn't feeling well and some things in my life weren't going as smoothly as I would have liked. Sure I was feeling a little sorry for myself, and I shared that with all of you. That same day a huge, huge tragedy happened and way too many innocent babies and heroes lost their lives. Their families will never be the same, and I don't think our nation will ever be the same either. Point is, that tragedy gave me some serious perspective.

I also came across this article on Sunday morning. It's written by a mother whose child suffers from mental illness. Her son's behavioral issues become more intense each day, and it's clear that she worries for her own safety, and the safety of her other children. Although I could never truly understand her pain, I personally work with many children who have mental illnesses and have severe behavioral issues. I have experienced the intensity of their struggles, and the positive affects that an intense therapy program has on these children and their families. I truly believe that therapy has the power to change the lives of these children for the better. Mental illness is real, and it's so important that we help care for individuals who suffer from it.

Thankful For:
The health, safety, and livelihood of the people I love.
I'm also thankful for my renewed perspective. Today I will go to work with more clarity, more patience, and even more love for the kids I work with.

Making Me Happy:
A quiet weekend with my man, chocolate chips, good friends, family, and life in San Diego. Seriously I played with dolphins at Sea World on Saturday night and then admired giraffes at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Sunday. #Lucky

"Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present"
-- Albert Camus --


Jodi Ann said...

I always love reading your posts. To be honest, Friday I was having an off day too. Feeling slightly sorry for myself and whatnot. But then I heard the news and things definitely came back into perspective. So horrific and cut me to the core. I am glad you posted that article. I think it's a noteworthy piece and I hope it helps bring about more support and assistance to families who deal with mental illness like that. Also, just a little encouragement...I have so much respect for you and what you do. Obviously, because of our son and his experience with therapies, but also because it's so apparent that you are genuinely working hard with your kids and you love doing it. I hope your week starts off wonderfully!

Ash said...

beautiful post.. and LOVE the camus quote (;

pearl said...

I read that article as well and whole heartedly agreed with the mother ... Nearly everyone I encountered about the tragic event cited gun control as the solution ... however I don't think that's the major fix. There are many of those with mental illnesses that go unchecked. Also, as I read from a popular Facebook post that was share a million times, the media tends to focus more on the shooter but less on the victims and their families .. In some way they become infamous thrOugh all this coverage and that can be distorted by those who have mental illnesses as something to do ... In that article what was most chilling to me is that the son says something about "having rights" because I believe that's part of the problem ... people think they are allowed to do whatever they want sometimes because they have the freedom and rights to do so and I think it adds to this huge compounding problem! ... Anyway sorry for the rant. Good post :)

Treasure Tromp said...

so many things to be happy for!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Love that pic! :)


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