Please Choose Life Not Suicide

Courtesy of 19SeventySixCoaching

I consider myself lucky and I’m grateful. This week I had all of my kids together at the same table when I asked all of them point blank if they were suicidal what they should do if they ever felt that way. My girls looked at me with surprised shock and my son said, “Mom, that’s something that I wouldn’t do. You would kill me.” That statement made me feel so much better that I got my point across.

Some of my friends aren’t so lucky.

The reason for my concern is because one of my friends was devastated this week upon learning their child took their own life.

I think Donna Lee would want me to say something about this. She would never want anyone to go through what she is going through, not even her enemy. Her heartbreak is visible through her strength, everyone can see this. Donna wants everyone to know that suicide is real and so is the struggle. It happened to her. It happened to someone she gave birth to, and I can’t even imagine her sorrow.

How I can best help is by sharing a pledge from one of the biggest suicide prevention and awareness advocate I know, Boone Culter. Boone created this pledge and people all over the world abide by it. Myself included. Check out Boone’s Spartan Pledge YouTube.

The Spartan Pledge asks you not to take your life by your own hand and to find another mission. It’s pretty simple, but not easy. Call someone who can help you work yourself through your issue and join the mission to end suicide. Choose life. That’s my addition to it. Choose life.

Donna Lee would want me to tell you all that.

If you are feeling suicidal please call 1.800.273.8255. Then follow that up with a visit to you mental health provider as soon as possible.

One thing I can’t stress enough is if you are feeling like ending your life, be honest with you mental health provider. This is something they need to know as part of your treatment plan. Get help if you need it, take care of your mental health. It takes strength to battle your demons. I have faith and believe in you, I know you are scared by you’ve got this. Ask for help.

I can’t take anymore mother’s crying. Any child who commits suicide truly breaks our hearts.

I am begging and imploring you to Choose Life.

Do Black Lives Matter on the Green Line?

As an Army Veteran who happens to be both Black and female, when I look back at my cumulative experience in serving my country I look at my service a little differently. Like Chris Rock, in his special Kill The Messenger, I look at the government as someone who paid my way through college but molested me (figuratively and possibly literally). I’m proud of my service but it would be untrue if I say I haven’t been resentful of bad treatment and inequality of a place that is supposed represent those very qualities.

Life isn’t fair and now I have to move on.

By taking those experiences that have value to the present course of my life, I have had to economize and take what is really important. Something that transcends civilizations and infuses cultures with positivity and wisdom. I’m lucky I was able to locate that experience just in the nick of time. I’m going to share with you the lesson that saved my life many moons ago:

The ability to be optimistic in a FUBAR situation.

It’s happening as we speak.

It’s now time to inventory our toolkits and find a path for everyone to come out in the other side. Right now, I don’t care if you are magenta polka dot, we all need to be on the same page by respecting each other. I don’t care if you like each other or not. Yeah, I said it. Work together…NOW.

I say this not because I’m enlightened but because I’m practical. The sooner we get this right by being the people who can show the least of us how to treat all you meet humanely, the sooner we can get to serving our soul purpose.

How we do this is placing ourselves in someone else’s shoes. If you wouldn’t like it done to you then don’t behave badly to someone else.

What is required is a change of perspective, it’ll do the mind some good.

Sharing an interesting article on a Black Mans perspective in serving our country. It’s not an easy journey and in requires us to listen.

Tough conversations; addressing the past to improve our future > Vandenberg Air Force Base > Display
— Read on www.vandenberg.af.mil/News/Commentaries/Display/Article/2226762/tough-conversations-addressing-the-past-to-improve-our-future/

Guess Who Hosted the 1st Second Monday?

That would be me and I was so excited!

CVA’s first, “2nd Monday” Veteran Development Series in the books! Watch as experienced veterans discuss tips to start a new career path enhance your chances to land your next job.. Those Panelists included Airforce veteran, “Conversations with a Twist” host, and Senior Certified HR Professional Niecy Walker. Airforce Veteran and current member on Nevada’s Advisory Committee at U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Wendell Blaylock. Lastly, Kevin Panet used his 21 years of Human Resources Management experience to discuss how older workers can find a job in today’s market. Great Q&A and feedback from Jess Sanchez and Georgia Curinga Enjoy, and join us next time. Special thanks to Luis Vega of CVA Nevada for hosting!

I had the best time moderating this amazing panel! Their level of expertise is amazing and if you are looking for work, polishing your resume skills or seeking a new career make sure you check out this video!

Meeting Recording:
https://standtogether.zoom.us/rec/share/uPF7IZut1l1Oa4GWymzxRr8YDNvBT6a8hnMa_6JbykYecFaVgOP40W0ytletB4um