MAKING IT BETTER: Battle Fatigue…..I Need Some Respite!
I have spent the past couple of weeks in various states of extreme emotions. I have swung from fury, to bewilderment, to shock, to defiance, to hope, to fear, to dejection, to gratitude. This was just in response to watching the American Republican and Democratic Conventions! Prior to these two weeks, during and subsequently, these emotions were further amplified reading all the many stories of extreme gender based violence taking place globally. Add to this all the senseless terrorist attacks and killings of innocent people abroad and closer home, as well as the recent spate of racism and xenophobia growing following Brexit in the UK; and guess what? I’m all tapped out!
This became more poignant to me when last night unbeknownst to me, my eldest daughter had come into my room in the wee hours of the morning and took a picture of me. When I woke up later in the day I noticed all the paraphernalia surrounding me that I had gone to bed with the night before had been removed and I had been tucked into bed. My daughter later came to show me the picture she had taken of me. I looked like a crazy person! I had nodded off, my glasses were sitting tilted on my face, I was flanked by both my laptops, FOX station was spurting out its biased claptrap on the TV, the radio was on, and newspapers were strewn across my bed. I tell you, it was not a pretty sight! Talk about an assault on my senses and excess stimuli.
When I saw this I decided, even if it’s just for a moment (because there is a war going on), I must remember to intersperse the fighting with more moments of healing, promoting love and unity. There are so many battles to fight at the moment, that if we don’t remember to breathe and come away from the toxicity of all this negative engagement, we run the risk of being consumed by it. So today is about healing, prayer, affirmations, humour. Please join me.
I Wish You Enough
I wish you enough SUN to keep your attitude bright
I wish you enough RAIN to appreciate the sun more
I wish you enough HAPPINESS to keep your spirit alive
I wish you enough PAIN so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger
I wish you enough GAIN to satisfy your wanting
I wish you enough LOSS to appreciate all that you possess
I wish you enough ‘HELLOS’ to get you through the final ‘GOODBYE’ –
How far you go in life depends on your:
Being tender with the young,
Compassionate with the aged,
Sympathetic with the striving,
Tolerant of the weak and strong,
Because someday in your life
You will have been all of these.
– George Washington Carver
Healing is a return to wholeness
Healing is a return to love
In the stillness of my heart
I AM WHOLE
I am already healed
God has blessed my life with so many miracles
My body is a miracle
My heart is a miracle
I am so much more than my illness
It no longer defines me
I AM FREE
I am a soul expanding beyond the horizon
I trust in the loving intelligence that created me
Love returns me to wholeness
A complete restoration of the heart
– Cecilia Kinzie
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
People will forget what you did,
But people will never forget
How you made them
As soon as healing takes place,
Go out and heal somebody else
– Maya Angelou
Because you have Lived
To laugh often and much
To win respect of intelligent people, and the affection of children
To earn the appreciation of honest critics
To appreciate beauty
To find the best in others
To leave the world a bit better
Whether by a healthy child,
Or a garden patch
To know even one life has breathed easier
Because you have lived
This is to have succeeded
God Has a Dream
Dear child of God, I write these words because we all experience sadness, we all come at times to despair and we lose hope that the suffering in our lives and in the world will never end. I want to share with you my faith and my understanding that this suffering can be transformed and redeemed. There is no such thing as a totally hopeless case. Our God is an expert at dealing with chaos, with brokenness, with all the worst that we can imagine. God created order out of chaos and God can do so always, can do so now, in our personal lives, and in our lives as nations, globally…Indeed God is transforming the world now through us, because God loves us.
– The Inimitable Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Healing Prayers and Blessings to our Readers
Merciful God, angels and spirit of love and healing
We offer prayers for those who are wanting.
Bless those with broken hearts and broken lives, with healing.
Change their circumstances, and cause peace, and prosperity to come into their lives in abundance
May your troubles be less
And your blessings be more
May the protection of the ancestors be yours
Remember to laugh every day. Medical and Psychological professionals all agree that humour reduces pain, strengthens immune function and decreases stress
Gloria Ogunbadejo writes a weekly column for Punch Newspaper. She is a Psychotherapist, a life coach, a holistic counsellor and an ordained Minister
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