Henry is my inspiration to keep on going despite the depression, Henry is my son and he turned twelve on Sunday.
Other than him, the other things which keep me going are things I have to work hard to find and think about – it can take some training to learn how to remove yourself from your present state and look at yourself as though you are a stranger or a friend.
Most people can’t bear to look at themselves in a positive light, because most of them feel too attached to who they are, that they forget that everyone and everything is changeable and that if you just forget that you are you, for just a few moments, you can then see clearly and work things out in yourself.
For me, I stand back and pretend I am as perfect as I want to be – I imagine seeing the imperfect me right in front of me (easier to do in front of a mirror) but instead of judging who I see, I imagine that I love this person tremendously, because they have potential that they do not see – that they are in effect = my child! A child who is very sensitive and a child who has been treated badly by others, a child who you have rescued and adopted!
You have to see yourself this way, so that you act cautiously and lovingly towards this frightened, abused and mislead creature; because you are going to be the one who rescues it wholly, changes it for the better and you are going to be the one who will make it happy and healthy!
Don’t see this person as the adult it might be, see it as a very young child, because that will trick your brain, a good method in making it more believable would be to make yourself look more childish, dress the part and put a mirror at a lower level than you, so you are looking down (effectively making yourself look smaller).
This works for me at times, when I have the opportunity to be alone.
For me, one of the biggest healing methods is the “inner child nurturing therapy” I have kind of learned about in dribs and drabs over the years. Your parents were either good or not, but now you are an adult, you have to parent yourself and you must do it with the kindness of a good parent!
As a good parent, if something happens in your life that makes you uncomfortable or someone says or does things to you that makes you uncomfortable it is your responsibility to take it into hand and to tell the person that you don’t like it and to please stop. You need to think in your mind, that this child needs someone to stand up for it and you are the only one who can do that, because this child needs to be saved from anymore turmoil.
In order to do this, you need to start understanding that you need to heal, you need to acknowledge the fact that you need change and that you and only you, can speak up about how things make you feel and to explain that this bad thing another person has done to you, is a trigger – so please stop. If the person is a true out and out bully and they find amusement in this and continue their behaviour or it gets worse, then you need to remove yourself from this person or seek professional help via the police, because no one has the right to make you feel like a laughing stock for your sensitivities – no one has the right to do this to another person, so please stop taking their shit!
Would you tolerate a bully doing this to your adopted badly neglected and abused child? If not, then why are you tolerating it for yourself? What makes you different from that child?
Nothing, nothing at all!
You only believe you are worthless and you deserve it, because for so many years you have allowed other people to dictate to you how you should or shouldn’t think about yourself, instead of understanding that it is just lies to control you in order to inflate their own egotistical needs!
So stop it, stop it now – stop feeding their egos – stop making them feel good, when you feel so awful!
What wonderful changes have you done to the world simply because you exist right now?
STOP THINKING TOO BIG ABOUT THIS ANSWER!
The little things count too!
I remember things I have done in my life that have helped others, without me, they would never have got through certain things – everyone on this planet has done this! Only you were so busy abusing yourself that you didn’t realise and remember you did it.
I will give a few examples from my own life, which make me feel better about existing…
When I was 6yrs old a new girl came to join my class late in the year, she had muscular dystrophy and couldn’t make friends because other children saw her as very different, she was also mixed race and at the time this was still considered rather strange in the community I was raised in. I was very popular in this school and I had a lot of friends, I didn’t like how people treated her and I told them all how I felt about what they are doing to her.
I told them I was very sad that people find enjoyment in hurting another person, especially a person who is so sick and very scared because she is new, that because they are mean to her I will sit with her and I will play only with her until they feel that they can be kind to her.
This changed and the girl became very popular too by the end of the week. This young girl has always remembered me and she found me some years later to let me know that she is working towards a career in fashion now and she insists that this one day, changed her own opinion about herself and that it was because of me! I never thought anything about it, because I left the school a few weeks later and literally thought everyone there would have forgotten me – but she didn’t! She recognised me when we were in college, I didn’t recognise her, yet she still had her walking frame and though she did kind of stand out, I didn’t specifically associate this girl as her!
I have helped several complete strangers, one of which was an old lady in her eighties, she had her shopping bag on wheels caught in a drain and I was walking past and pulled it out without thinking. She stopped me for a moment to thank me, and I said think nothing of it and walked off. The old lady tried to call me back but I was late for work at the time and told her so – she eventually found me, it was easy because I was in uniform and she came to my workplace to seek me out and told my manager how nice I was to her and that she wanted to do something for me. But I wouldn’t let her, she was so surprised at my kindness and said it was so rare these days that she tried to work something out with my boss. But I wouldn’t let her reward me, she always remembered me as after this day, whenever we passed each other she’d say something friendly.
This same job place, there was a woman who was having a heart attack in store, she was frightened and the company said that in first aid situations like this, if you are late for your duties forego your humanity and get to your post – but I couldn’t leave this woman who was scared for her life. I was reprimanded by the manager for being fifteen minutes late for the checkout services, but I wanted to go with the woman on the ambulance like she requested, but I was told I would lose my job. She died, but later on in the week her daughter sought me out and told me what her mother said about what I tried to do for her and she gave me a gift. Meanwhile, they spoke harshly to the manager about their mistreatment of me.
I also found a lost child, a young boy around ten years of age who couldn’t speak English, his mother couldn’t speak English either, when she found I was comforting her little boy and trying to find her, but her actions spoke louder than words. Because she gripped my arm and bowed her head several times to my arm and I presume was thanking me wholeheartedly. I think they were Chinese but I am unsure. But that little boy could have come to great harm where he was, because he was so frightened he was curled up in a ball crying when I found him in a place where a car could have parked and hit him as in that area, cars often parked up onto the pavements without thinking.
I have also rescued a handful of people from suicide, spoke them through their hard time online (people I never met, but had online friendships with).
A few people have also turned away from a life of crime because of comforting words I supposedly had said to them which changed their ways and even gave a child a father. What I mean is, I had a friend who fathered a child and his instant response was to run away and pretend she didn’t exist because he wasn’t ready to be a father. I told him to speak this through with his girlfriend and work something out together about it, because running away will only cause both his girlfriend and daughter to hate him potentially. He told me he was brutally honest to her about how he can’t commit to the child but he will do whatever he can to help her as long as he doesn’t have to live with them. This worked out fine for them and in as little as eight months down the line he felt he had value as a father and eventually moved in and married her and now he is a happy present father.
A lot of people mess up their lives because they are afraid of being honest, because they think that their honesty is going to make things worse… how ironic, it is usually always the opposite!
Whenever someone has difficulties in their lives and they need a loved one to fully understand, they normally choose not to communicate it and things blow out of proportion. I often suggest, well just tell them, but the answer is always – “I can’t, because (insert irrational fear here). Those who have felt confident to do so, come back to me a few days later, thanking me, because, literally – their fear was worse than the reality of it!
My attitude is this… if a person hates you for your honesty and mistreats you for your honesty, then they don’t love you enough to be worthy of sharing your life!
Believe me when I say, there are more than enough people in the world who will share your beliefs, your traditions, your ways and ideas, you have just got to make the effort in looking for them and the only way you can do this, is by living your life as honestly and as openly as you can!
That is the key to good relationships – open honesty.
Thanks for reading!