After attending the Mental Health First Aid Course conducted by Lee Pagana as part of my training for work as a receptionist at Lifeskills, I realized I had more confidence and knowledge in this field than I thought and Lee had a way of presenting it in layman terms which made it easy to comprehend.
I was searching for meaningful work and isn’t that what we all really want? Work doesn’t have to be easy and it doesn’t have to be interesting all the time, but it does have to feel meaningful in the long- run like you are doing something that matters and that will make a positive difference and brings me and ultimately others to life.
I will always remember certain times when I felt like I was at an all-time low and 1 person’s kindness towards me meant a lot, so I hope I can in return spread some kindness and be that one person for someone else in there time of need. Having a personal family tragedy when I was young and my father committing suicide makes me want to make a difference. Always in the back of my mind is perhaps if he could have received the kind of help that is available to people these days, then that could have made the world of difference to a young family and we wouldn’t have had to make it on our own without him. I have felt despair and been discouraged many times in my life, but I don’t keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.
In my opinion, the struggle to feel alive is worth it. Pursuing what makes us feel alive often gets wrongly labelled as self- centred and it’s anything but. Keep exploring to better understand the circumstances in which you feel most alive. Your journey is one of the most important gifts you can give yourself. It isn’t easy to pursue what makes us feel alive and many of us feel trapped by circumstances. We think our only options are to muddle through and cope. It takes courage and guts to make the choices needed to bring about change and feel alive.
The signals that make you feel alive are all around you, however, they don’t grab you by the shirt front and look you in the eye and shake you. Rather they whisper softly in your ear, which can be easily drowned out by all the other noise in your life demanding your attention. If you won’t actively listen for your signals you won’t hear them. You can however simply take 15 minutes out of your week to ask yourself what should I be doing more of to make me feel alive? and before you know it, just like magic you’re living your best life.
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This is what I tell myself:
Everyone must find his or her own path and my task is not to fix the entire world, but to reach out to mend the part of the world that is within my grasp. Today is the only day we are granted and I will be hopeful, be helpful and be the heroic person I was born to be. 😊 kk
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