Archive for September, 2013

24 Sep 2013

Embracing Possibilities

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Over the past couple of years I have become fairly close with several who have suffered a great loss. There is one thing that many of us seem to have in common – a lack of patience that manifests itself in an internal tug of war with time.

While in the depths of grief and sorrow, it is all we can do to get through each and every day. We count the hours until we can go back to sleep. When we sleep, time passes faster and when it is time to wake up, we curse the hours of daylight. (I suspect that this an obvious sign of depression.)

Our waking hours gradually become less and less of a drudgery but this is a lengthy process. I remember counting every 24-hour milestone – 1 day, 3 days, 7 days and then 10. We move on to weeks – 3 weeks, 5 weeks, 7 weeks then 12. Then months, 3, 4, 6, 9 and eventually, one year has passed. The first year seems like an eternity. Read more

17 Sep 2013

Another Day After . . .

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So here we are again trying to make sense of the tragedy that unfolded yesterday in Washington. As I was glued to the television, I kept wondering when the shooter’s mental health history would be a topic of discussion. And sure enough less than 24 hours after the tragedy, it was revealed that Aaron Alexis had sought out psychiatric treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder. We are still learning many of the details but it has been repeatedly reported that he heard voices, sought help from two different VA hospitals and had access to guns. All indications are that Aaron Alexis was seriously ill. And again we are picking up the pieces of destruction from a troubled soul. Read more