I have been toying with the subject of this post for weeks now. I started thinking about it when my Facebook newsfeed blew up with posts about a new show on Netflix that was bringing a lot of attention to bullying and suicide.
The reviews I read were mixed. Some of my friends really liked it and felt like it opened their eyes to problems that their children might be facing. They also felt like it gave them an opportunity to talk with their kids about these serious subjects. Both of those outcomes are awesome. Others that have watched it have said that it was too graphic and they felt like it glamorized suicide.
I have not not seen the show or read the book that inspired it, and I really have no intentions to do either. Although I am not naive to the fact that life is graphic, and terrible, horrific things happen to people every single day, I do not like to fill my mind with those images if I can help it. I have also read too many emails and news stories expressing concern about the negative effect this show may be having on vulnerable teenagers.
**Here are a few links to news articles if you are curious... CNN article, Scientific American article (which brings up a valid point that this is not the first time in history where a show, book, or media coverage of suicide has produced a rash of "copycat" suicides), USA Today article (which brings up the mental illness issue related to suicide and how just being kind can't help everyone. People who are having thoughts of suicide because of mental illness need medical attention ALONG WITH kindness.)
In the Scientific American article that I mentioned above, I found this quote...
"...the message that suicide can have simple, or a simple set, of causes, or that suicide represents some type of solution, is unfortunate. There is never one reason why, or even thirteen."
Suicide is not simple, nor is it a good solution to overcoming problems. It is heartbreaking for everyone involved and even those not involved. My heart literally aches with sadness whenever I hear of anyone taking his/her own life, even if I have never met them.
I know we will never be able to prevent suicide from happening, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't try to reach out and help others who are struggling. I also know that not many people will read this post or watch my video, but in my own desire to do something to help, this is one way that I feel I can help, even if I only ever reach 1 person.
In my desire to help, I offer only 1 thing...1 reason, if you will, why you should not consider taking your own life...
I am passionate about getting this message out there, but I cannot do it alone. I am asking for your help. Please share this post, or at the very least, the YouTube video. Let's get these two words out there and let's get to work reaching out to others and assisting them in getting the help that they need. I know that I am not a doctor who specializes in mental health, nor am I a researcher who has spent years researching suicide. I realize that the things that I say or write are simply my opinion and you can either take my opinion or leave it. However, I hope that something that I have said will at least get the ball rolling for someone; that through my words, spoken or written, someone will find the strength within his or her self to reach out and ask someone for help.
You matter...we ALL matter.
Once the young missionary has that envelope in his/her hands, the real fun begins. Family is rounded up and the moment of anticipation comes to a head with the tearing open of the thick white envelope.
We are so stinkin' excited we can hardly contain ourselves. Part of that excitement stems from the fact that my husband also served his mission in Taiwan. He was in a different area than Josh will be serving in, but he learned Mandarin Chinese so they will be able to share that language with each other. (My hope is that the girls and I can also learn some Mandarin over the next two years. Fingers crossed that it will actually happen.)
All of this leads me to my song choice for today because ultimately, it did not matter where Josh was called to serve. We knew that he would go wherever the Lord needs him most. I am grateful that he will have this opportunity to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ with the Taiwanese people. It makes my heart do a little happy dance every time I think about it.
I'll Go Where You Want Me to Go- Rob Gardner
Welcome to a special Mother's Day Edition of Songs for the Sabbath.
I hope you enjoy it, but more importantly, I hope you have a very happy Mother's Day.
Whether you are a mother or not, you still have the divine nature to be a mother and have opportunities all around you to be a "mother" in someone's life. I hope that you can follow the guidance of a loving Heavenly Father as He helps you to recognize those opportunities in your life.
I love being a mom.
It is my favorite thing...ever.
Can you blame me when I have kids that are as amazing as these hooligans are?
But seriously, I just love being a mom. I love everything about it, even on the days when I dislike everything about it. I wouldn't trade it for any other job in the world (although sometimes my kids probably wonder, especially when I spend too much time on the computer instead of being with them.) But each day I try to be a little better, a little more attentive, and a lot more kind. I hope that my kids know that I am trying. But more importantly, I hope they know how much I love them.
As I was gathering my thoughts for this post, I thought I would look back over my posts from previous Mother's Days and see what I could find. I was not disappointed. I came across this post that I wrote in 2015. It brought tears to my eyes and I felt like I needed to share it again because the feelings that I felt while writing this post have only magnified over the last two years.
I cannot leave this post without sharing one of my all-time favorite songs about motherhood. Every time I hear it, I feel my heart swell with gratitude because of my opportunity to be a mother.
Walk You Through the Night- Mercy River
Happy Mother's Day to every, single, amazing woman out there.
Remember that you are divine and you inherited divine qualities not only from a Heavenly Father, but a Heavenly Mother as well.
On this Mother's Day, I express my gratitude for my Heavenly Parents and my earthly parents, especially my own mother.
She is a wonderful example to me of true motherly love. From changing my diapers, to being my chauffeur, chef, and cheerleader, to practically moving in with me when each of my children were born and when I was going through cancer treatments, she is simply the best and I love her with all my heart.
His Love- Nathan Pacheco
I testify that His Love can truly heal. His Love will lead us and His Love will endure forever.
His Love is for everyone, my friends. That includes Y-O-U. No matter where you are in your life. No matter what you have done--what mistakes you have made--His Love is there for you. He is waiting for you. Turn to Him. Trust in Him and His Love.
Let Him heal your heart.
I am loving my second chance at life.
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