Posts Tagged ‘elephants’

So, someone asked me earlier if I would be up for talking at their church youth group about some of my story and my issues, in the hope that it might help people see that self-harm, depression and self-image problems are widespread and not the elephant in the room that no one talks about.

And that then got me thinking – how do you think people should respond to self harm? Should it be an easy topic of conversation, or not? Should everyone know about it, or would that then encourage others to follow suit? How do you even go about telling someone that you have self-harmed?

Some of these have gone so wrong for me. I didn’t talk about it enough with one friend to the extent that she thought scissors would make a good birthday present. Others have been determined to fix things, or have told me how I should feel. But some have been brilliant.

So, I am interested to know – what has your experience been?

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Counting my blessings

Posted: March 20, 2012 in Help
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I was quite aware the other day that I have a tendency to be quite negative on occasion. Somehow, in reflecting about life with people I become quite introspective and everything seems to be wrong. And I would say that normally I would be a glass half full person (to the extent that I can seriously irritate those who are not) so it just makes me feel like everything is wrong when it probably isn’t.

So I decided to make myself a little journal, where I would record the good things that happen each day. Not in a ‘let’s smile and pretend that the world is an amazing place right now’ but more in a ‘well, there must be some good amidst all the general rubbish’. And it is an amazing way to record where God is working, which otherwise I then conveniently forget.

My journal has an elephant on it, to remind me not to forget the good things in life. How do you remember the good stuff in all the rubbish of life?