This particular November has been very hard with illness and a cold that seems to blow through you. These are the times when you learn to rescue yourself.
I have said many times that you are important, and you are. A single person can make a difference. It is an odd thing that sometimes what a person does outlives him.
Vincent Van Gogh did sell some of his work during his lifetime but not enough to escape death in poverty. Some of his friends were already famous, but he was unknown. Today he is considered one of the most famous and beloved artists in the world.
Emily Dickinson wrote for herself. Only a few of her poems were read by others. Emily struggled to force those few into the accepted structure for poetry at that time. She even left wishes for her remaining work to be destroyed. But the family member that read them couldn’t bear to do that. 1,800 of her amazing poems exists today.
Galileo Galilei is the father of physics and invented the telescope. His concepts about our solar system were revolutionary for his time but they went against the accepted religious beliefs so his life was more than troubled. The Inquisition found him guilty of heresy. He had to recant his scientific findings and spent the last years of his life under house arrest. What do you do when that happens? Write down everything you know, of course. He persisted and his work survived him.
Leonard Cohen wrote and sang many songs but the one that everyone knows is “Hallelujah.” Other singers have covered it but most people remember the version Jeff Buckley sang. Jeff had a multi-octave vocal range and did such a stirring performance of the song, that other singers wanted to sing it too.
I could go on about all the people who have done great work during their lifetimes that were relatively unknown to the great populace.
As we go through our daily lives, we don’t know what we’ll do, say, discover, or inspire in someone else a deed that will make a difference to the whole world. We just live our lives. That’s what makes each one of us important.
I know during this bleak time toward the coming winter, it’s tough emotionally. I’m posting these numbers to use if you need them or if someone else does.
The 988 Lifeline
“988 is now active across the United States. This new, shorter phone number will make it easier for people to remember and access mental health crisis services. (Please note, the previous 1-800-273-TALK (8255) number will continue to function indefinitely.)” You can call, text, or chat 988.
Their website is: https://988lifeline.org
Life Tools: Inspire Yourself and/or Inspire Others
- Encourage a person who is doing a great job. Compliments are like a hug to the heart.
- Indulge in your favorite activity and join an organization that does that activity too.
- Never compare yourself to someone else. Henry David Thoreau said, “Life isn’t about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself. So live the life you imagined.”
This is a thought for all of us when faced with darkness!
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” — Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Susan Hanniford Crowley
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