Saturday, December 9, 2017

Better things to do with your life than end it

Suicide Awareness Snatched Victory from Victorious 
Combat PTSD Wounded Times
Kathie Costos
December 9, 2017

With PTSD, it is more about what got into you, than what is wrong with you. Bet you didn't know that. 

It is more about what is the strongest part of you, than the weakness you've only been told about.

Think about how much you had to have inside of yourself to be able to do what you did. Then think about the fact you survived "IT" and beat it. You had victory over it and then some moron came along to remind you of how many veterans are killing themselves. 

How about you hear how fabulous it is to have the ability to heal?

"Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth's sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won." Louisa May Alcott
Everyone knows I have no patience for the stunts, slogans and all the other BS that is all over social media. Some people accuse me of lying when I state the facts, and even link to the reports they came from. After all, if all they know is BS, that is what they believe. Much like if all you hear about is BS about how many of you have given up, you think that is all there is.

You have had enough bad messages already. The one message they should have been delivering all along is that TOMORROW CAN BE A LOT BETTER as long as you see the truth that you are a survivor and stop being victimized by anyone trying to keep you down.

Rise up! Yesterday you knew something that was not true. You knew that you were suffering but as you sat in a fog, you told yourself that was a good as it could be. It isn't today and now you don't have any excuse to settle for getting numb. 
"Defeat may serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out." Edwin Markham Brainy Quotes 
PTSD hits survivors. The harder you get hit depends on the strength of your emotional core. I know what you're thinking and you have it backwards. 

The stronger you feel good stuff, the stronger you feel bad stuff. If it bounces off the other guys, does not penetrate them, their emotional core is being protected by their sense of self and not selflessness. Those guys can walk away and leave it, but you took it all on your shoulders and carried it with you.

Just a reminder of all the Medal of Honor PTSD veterans there are, and think about how tough they were. How much did they care about others? How much courage did they have within them? Then wonder what would have happened if they did not care so much more for the others than they did for themselves.

Making more sense now?

In March, "Roger Donlon, the first Medal of Honor recipient from the Vietnam War" had this to say, "And that's the bottom line behind all the actions on the battlefield – the mortal battlefield of combat and the other battlefields of life – [that] in my mind, in my heart, were driven by love."

Risking your life for someone else is always driven by love. Healing your life needs to start there and then you can stop listening to folks talk about what you no longer have to look forward to. You have better things to do with the rest of your life now!

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