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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255)
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ youth, ages 13-24)
National Eating Disorders Association (online chat, text)
RAINN (National Sexual Assault Hotline)
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the little flower that shows its beauty in the midst of a barren desert
Learn the discipline of being surprised not by suffering but by joy. As we grow old . . . there is suffering ahead of us, immense suffering, a suffering that will continue to tempt us to think that we have chosen the wrong road. . . . But don’t be surprised by pain. Be surprised by joy, be surprised by the little flower that shows its beauty in the midst of a barren desert, and be surprised by the immense healing power that keeps bursting forth like springs of fresh water from the depth of our pain.
— Henri J.M. Nouwen, “Be Surprised By Joy” in You are the Beloved (Crown Publishing, October 24, 2022) (via Alive on All Channels)
They were two adults in a car.
An undertaker and a reporter, two professions that relied on being close to disaster.
But the disaster wasn’t there anymore.
people are not swings.
you can’t keep
pushing them away
and expecting them
to come back.
I feel like I am so far behind in life that I will never catch up. Everyone is doing so many things with their lives. I am just here. Frozen. I have been a ghost for years. I wonder if that is all I will ever be.
You see, sun and moon are just like me because my joints click just as much as theirs when I move