I know that these winter days are some of the darkest in a long and dark year.
If you are struggling, and of course many days were a struggle even before we had this year, please trust that we are all connected, that we need each other, and that even when it doesn’t feel like it, there are days ahead when you will find joy, that you will learn, that you will laugh, and that you will be happy you were there for.
And if you need something to do while you wait to feel that way, I highly recommend listening to this episode of “On Being” with Jennifer Michael Hecht.
“We are indebted to one another and the debt is a kind of faith — a beautiful, difficult, strange faith. We believe each other into being.” -Jennifer Michael Hecht
“Poison yourself, it poisons the well;
shoot yourself, it cracks the bio-dome.
I will give badges to everyone who’s figured
this out about suicide, and hence
refused it. I am grateful. Stay. Thank
you for staying. Please stay. You
are my hero for staying. I know
about it, and am grateful you stay.
Eat a donut. Rhyme opus with lotus.
Rope is bogus, psychosis. Stay.
Hocus Pocus. Hocus Pocus.
Dare not to kill yourself. I won’t either.”
-Jennifer Michael Hecht from her poem “No Hemlock Rock”
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255