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NEGATIVE PEOPLE ARE LIKE JUNGLE RATS… THEY BRING YOU DOWN

Many times we struggle with problems surrounding our self-worth. All too often this is a result of negativity shared by others. Listing to this short story about a man flying a single engine aircraft over the Amazon Jungle and see how he was able to keep the low altitude rats from bringing his plane down.

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Merry Christmas And Suicide

If you are bent out of shape and focused on Trump, Clinton, refugees, and Star Wars right now… STOP!!!

For the most part, NONE of those things will make an immediate difference in the lives of those around you, but there is one area you can make a difference. Before you wreck someone for being intolerant, stupid, or politically incorrect, take a moment and realize, maybe this person is hurting… maybe he or she is lonely, maybe your interaction is the last thing they will be thinking about, EVER! Be patient, kind, and show some love, go out of your way to help someone.

There is a worldwide epidemic of mental illness right now, and suicide rates spike every holiday season. If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, anxiety, or some other condition, don’t forget that you are valuable. Oftentimes, we make rash decisions when we are distressed and we lose hope. You might feel like no one cares, but that is not true. I care about your life, and so do many others. If you are feeling lost and lonely, watch the powerful video above of a young man who attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, and immediately felt regret for his decision. He is one of a very few people who have lived to tell about it.

I have blogged about suicide and depression before, but when people are hurting, they feel insecure, and get desperate. It’s not uncommon for them to say things they don’t mean. Whether or not you are a spiritual person, there seems to be something healthy about showing love to someone in need. It is not your responsibility to fix the person, but your kindness or mercy might make a difference in someone’s life today. Forget about politics and other hot buttons for just a little while and make the world a better place.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, reach out to the people around you, be transparent about your fears, and insecurities, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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Not Everyone Is Blessed With the Gift of ADD

Sometimes I make faces

Sometimes I make faces

I am the ultimate poster child for ADHD. All throughout elementary school the notes sent home from teachers would say things like, “Paul is entertaining to be around, but easily distracted” or “he daydreams when he should be studying with the other kids.”

It is embarrassing for a writer to admit flaw’s that may affect his or her trade, but I believe honesty is still the best policy. ADHD is usually comorbid, and that means in most cases, it lives with another learning disability or disorder such as anxiety, depression, dyslexia and many others. Even as an adult, I still have to stop and think every time I write a 2, 5, S, or Z to make sure they are facing the right direction.

 The worst part of living with this condition is the lack of focus. It doesn’t happen on purpose, but life demands my attention at the least opportune moments. In order to successfully finish college, and stay productive at work, I have had to develop some rigid habits to safeguard myself from looking like an idiot more often than other people.

 Committing todays verse to memory has allowed me to slow down when I feel like my mind is racing and say over and over, “this one thing I do, this one thing I do, this one thing I do…” Surprisingly, my focus returns and my productivity goes up.

If you do not struggle with ADHD you may think this sounds silly, but I venture to say everyone could benefit from memorizing Philippians 3:13-14, “…but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark of the prize…”

If you want to learn more about what a person with ADHD goes through on a daily basis you can read my blog Hell Is Real.

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