I need to start with owning I am not a huge TRUMP fan. But this morning I had a new view I wanted to share with you on what he is doing and more importantly inspiring others to do.
At the same time this morning I read how suicide is up in Alberta, Canada by 30% - mostly driven by job loss due to energy production cuts.
Yesterday I talked about how energy - food, fuel, life - is so essential to creating life.
So now, let's tie all this up for your daily pit stop on the journey!
The suicide prevention center wants more money for mental health treatment. As a therapist I get that.... but all the talking and medication in the world doesn't change anything when you don't have food, shelter, and safety.
People want to die for a variety of reasons. But the biggest shift we are seeing right now is wanting to die because we can't afford to live.
And as I keep saying, the reason is our world values profit, rules, regulations MORE than life itself.
And the answer isn't more charity.
The answer is opportunity.
The man or woman who wants to die because they can't provide for themselves and family doesn't want a hand out. They want a job. Or at the very least, the chance to make a living.
Which this world has all but extinguished for the average person - the exception being those who run the rules around the world. They are doing quite well for themselves.
It is good to be king.
But what about all the rest of us.
And when we hear the words about becoming a great country, what does that mean?
When we use the word great - it can be an adjective or a noun. The adjective definition is and we'll go with that one:
So are you 'great'?
Do you want to be?
Is your country great?
Can it be?
The bottom line is we can't have a great world, country, state, city, community, or family if we don't have great people to create them and then keep them going.
And how can we be great when we call for others to die (like those calling for Trump to die) for speaking out in ways we don't agree with.
Or expecting others to die to get out of our way (war and eugenics).
Or choosing to die because the world doesn't want us to live.
Which brings me back to what Trump is doing and what you can learn from him for your own life.
And those are very good lessons we can all learn from.
The first reaction most have when someone says they want to die is to get a soft voice, be compassionate, and try and reassure them to want to live.
In suicide training we were taught to look for the one area of ambivalence the person had and work from there.
But in my experience people responded best when I just told them the truth. Life is hard. Your situation does suck. No there aren't any easy answers.
And the question that mattered most was: do you want to die or do you just not know what to do?
99% said they didn't want to die, they just didn't know what to do to make the pain stop or fix the problem.
What does that tell you?
The answers we seek to our valuing life, not wanting to die, to becoming great are not complicated.
But saying them, doing them, and becoming them are hard. The rest of the world will most likely not support you. And getting up day after day and persevering is even harder in the face of our world right now.
That is just the truth.
But it doesn't have to be the end. Trump is showing us a way to fight for our own life by each of us choosing to 'be great' despite the odds against us.
And fighting for life doesn't mean killing or war, it means defying the odds and doing the one thing those in charge fear most.
Wanting to live.
Producing - food, energy, shelter, safety, health, - anything that says LIFE.
And that is something each of us can do today, free of charge, with no need for media recognition.
We'll talk more about this tomorrow in the podcast. For today, what would being great mean to you?
That is a reason to live don't you think?
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