Life is not unlike cinema. Each scene has its own music, and the music is created for the scene, woven to it in ways we do not understand. No matter how much we may love the melody of a bygone day or imagine the song of a future one, we must dance within the music of today, or we will always be out of step, stumbling around in something that doesn’t suit the moment. – Lisa Wingate, Before We Were Yours
Today is World Mental Health Day.
Just the words mental health make most people uncomfortable. Ironically, physical health or even spiritual health don’t quite have the same distaste as (ahem) mental health.
I totally get it – first of all – most mental health challenges are hard to see much less accept. Anxiety, depression, OCD, etc can be masked with effort and most times self-medication. Eating disorders are often times encouraged with social cues. Insecurity, bullying, sexual harassment are as active and accepted in the workplace as they are in our schools.
Mental health is either ignored or too often seen as a weakness.
Oh – you have cancer? That’s terrible!
Oh – you’re depressed? Buck up already!
And from my own head within the last 24 hours – you’re ANXIOUS…again?? Don’t you have faith? Buck up sister.
AND you know what makes my anxiety worse? Berating myself. Trying to ignore it. Giving into it – can you say Google with me? But rarely is my first response to just accept it. It’s not until I accept I’m having a “feeling“, sit down, get still and observe what’s going on do I find relief.
For the most part, I’m not a fan of pain as I’m sure you aren’t – mental, physical or otherwise. But pain is a fact of life and I’m not doing myself any favors by running away from it. And I’m not doing my loved ones a favor by ignoring, dismissing, or judging their issues today.
I love, love the imagery of the above excerpt. What if, just today, I dance to the music of today? I don’t have to worry about a future scene – just today’s, and dance girl – dance away 💕
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