Friday, September 30, 2011

Friday Funnies

Hello, Happy Friday! I hope all of you have a good weekend planned for yourselves. And what better way to start off the weekend than with a little laughter!!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)






















After nearly 50 years of marriage, a couple was lying in bed one evening, when the wife felt her husband, begin to massage her in ways he hadn't in quite some time. It almost tickled as his fingers started at her neck, and then began moving down past the small of her back. He then caressed her shoulders and neck, slowly worked his hand down, stopping just over her stomach. He then proceeded to place his hand on her left inner arm, working down her side, passing gently over her buttock and down her leg to her calf. ... Then, he proceeded up her thigh, stopping just at the uppermost portion of her leg. He continued in the same manner on her right side, then suddenly stopped, rolled over and became silent. As she had become quite aroused by this caressing, she asked in a loving voice, 'Honey, that was wonderful. Why did you stop?' To which he responded: 'I found the remote.'..

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fatal Conclusion

Hello, I have always been a trial watcher, O.J. Simpson, Phil Specter, Casey Anthony. I grew up with Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, so this trial has me even more gripped. The hardest part of watching this trial for me so far is thinking of Michael's children. I could not help but tear up every time they spoke of them. They lost their father way too young. I can truly empathize, because I did as well. Michael's death is so tragic. We should not judge him now because of the choices he made in order to live his life. He lived in a world that none of us could ever imagine. With much of his success, came much torment. What we all should do now is let his tragic ending raise even more awareness of the dangers of addiction and enabling the addict!! Together they lead to a fatal conclusion. Here is the audio clip they played today in opening statements of Michael. In it you will hear a man, descending deep into addiction. A man who just wanted to bring back his glory days, and care for the children of the world.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet



Saturday, September 24, 2011

Untie The "Knots"

Hello, I hope your having a great weekend! How true is this! Don't we tend to go through life tying ourselves up in "Knots". So here is a little prayer to help us untie ourselves.
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Janet :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Jacquelin's Story

Hello, In honor of Recovery Month, I wanted to share a story of Recovery from Mental Illness. Jacquelin's story is very inspiring, and like Jacquelin we all can recover from the darkest of days, if we have even one person who believes in us. Never stop believing in someone, no matter what! For more inspiring stories please visit the link below.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

Jacquelin's Story

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In the spring of 1998, my world came crashing down. I lost my home, my job, my car, my mind, and almost my life.

I was hospitalized for the first time in March of that year. Diagnosis: major depression with suicidal ideation. I was put on medication and assigned a psychiatrist and a therapist. After this first hospitalization I would fight with myself to stay out, but every eight months I'd be back in the hospital. The second time was a longer stay, and upon being discharged I was put on 13 medications.

I decided that my third hospitalization (when I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder) was going to be my last. Trying to function with the help of medications, a therapist, and sheer force of will, I was able to stay out after that.

For a long time, I could feel my illness inside my head: a dark little creature that I had built a wall around. It was waiting for me to let my guard down so it could escape and wreak havoc. It took a long time for me to banish this monster, but I am finally free.

The first step toward freedom was when I reluctantly agreed to participate in a program called "Stepping Stones Clubhouse," and I am forever glad I did! I came into the program a scared little rabbit; I couldn't look anyone in the face and had no confidence in myself. With great encouragement, I reluctantly tried doing tasks on the computer, and I was thanked and praised for my accomplishments. With time (three years), I began to see and eventually believe that I was intelligent and capable and that my work—as well as I—was valued.

A small candle of hope began to burn, and I started to think about going back to work. It soon turned into a bonfire of belief in myself.

I started work at the clubhouse as a part-time peer trainer, teaching computer skills. My confidence grew by leaps and bounds. Six years after being diagnosed with a mental illness, I am now working full-time as a psychiatric rehabilitation caseworker, helping others understand their illnesses and work towards their own recovery. I am also a mentor and someone my fellow members want to emulate.

In addition, I am on the Governor's Advisory Committee on Personal Care Homes and the secretary of the Pennsylvania Clubhouse Coalition. I advocate for myself and others, and, for fun, I work part-time as a DJ. I am proof that it is possible to survive and regain a productive life.

The clubhouse has helped me find my voice, and I am active and involved as well as more assertive. I am down to two medications: Lamictal, a mood stabilizer, and Concerta, for ADHD.

I have come through the fire a stronger, better person. I am on my way to achieving my level of greatness and helping others achieve theirs. With encouragement and support, everyone can.

Jacquelin

http://www.whatadifference.samhsa.gov/listen.asp?nav=nav03&content=3_0_listen

Saturday, September 17, 2011

A Laugh Or Two

Hello, Happy Saturday! Here are few clips from one of my favorite movies. I hope you enjoy a laugh or two.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)







Let It All Hang Out




— MOVIECLIPS.com

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Spiritual Mysteries

Hello, A Daily Inspiration for you and me,
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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God (or your higher power)
writes Spiritual Mysteries on our heart,
where they wait silently for discovery

♥Rumi♥

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Suicide Prevention Day

Hello, Today is Suicide Prevention Day. I encourage anyone who has a blog or are on a social network to post about this cause. I have personally lost friends throughout my life that needed these supports and were not able to receive them. I almost lost my mother to this as well. By taking a few minutes of your time to spread awareness and information, you can truly help save a life.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)





If you, or someone you know, is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

The Lifeline Network answers thousands of calls from people in emotional distress. There are many reasons for their calls. Please call with for any of the following reasons:
* Suicidal thoughts
* Information on suicide
* Information on mental health/illness
* Substance abuse/addiction
* To help a friend or loved one
* Relationship problems
* Abuse/violence
* Economic problems
* Sexual orientation issues
* Physical illness
* Loneliness
* Family problems

Who should call?
* Anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal.
* Family and friends who are concerned about a loved one.
* Anyone interested in mental health treatment and service referrals.

Who and where am I calling?
* When you dial 1-800-273-TALK, you are calling the crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. To find out what center is closest to you search the Crisis Center Locator.
* Lifeline’s service is free and confidential.
* The hotline is staffed by trained counselors.
* We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
* We have information about mental health services in your area that can help you.

What will happen when I call?
* You will hear a message saying you have reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
* You will hear hold music while your call is being routed.
* You will be helped by a trained crisis worker.
* You will be given mental health services referrals if needed.

* If you are a TTY user, please use our TTY number: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889).
* Para obtener asistencia en español durante las 24 horas, llame al 1-888-628-9454.
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Friday, September 9, 2011

Isaac

Hello, I hope your doing well. This is a spiritual song, with a moving stage performance, that speaks to me of the struggle the spirit must go through as it crosses over from this world to the next. You may interpret it differently. Because of my interpretation of the song, today I dedicate it in memory of all the beautiful souls who must of struggled with unimaginable fear before they crossed over on September 11th, 2001.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)



Staring up into the heavens
In this hell that binds your hands
Will you sacrifice your comfort
Make your way in a foreign land
(Leave what you know, and make your
way to the unknown)

Wrestle with your darkness
Angels call your name
Can you hear what they are saying
Will you ever be the same

Mmmm mmm mmm
Im Nin'alu, Im Nin'alu
Mmmm mmm mmm
Im Nin'alu, Im Nin'alu

Remember, remember
Never forget
All of your life has all been a test
You will find the gate that's open
Even though your spirit's broken

Open up my heart
Cause my lips to speak
Bring the heavens and the stars
Down to earth for me

Wrestle with your darkness
Angels call your name
Can you hear what they are saying
Will you ever be the same

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Recovering Your Light

Hello, I hope your having a great Labor Day Weekend! I was excited to come across this movement to celebrate and raise awareness about recovery. When it comes to recovery with an addiction, I know everyone has their own beliefs and or theory. Some believe in the disease aspect of it, others believe it is just a matter of individual behavior. I am still not 100 percent sure which theory I believe in. One thing I do know now, absolutely 100 percent, is that we grow up in a society that "conditions" us to the idea that the ideal way to go through life, have fun, on such a weekend as this, is to have a few alcoholic drinks, get a high to enhance the "good time"! I was fully conditioned to that ideal off and on, until last year. Thankfully, I can say now, through a series of unfortunate events, I have been "unconditioned". As strange as that may sound to some, thankful? How can anyone be thankful through a series of unfortunate events? Not be bitter or angry? I would answer that by telling you (although I'm sure you have heard it before!) sometimes you have to truly know the "dark" to recover the "light", the light that is your spirit, your natural self, free of anything that alters that light within you. Recovering, tapping into your light, I promise you this, will be the best substance you have ever had. Indeed I am the lucky one to know a better way to enhance my good times now, I am on the best high of my life. By sharing this, my wish is for all of you who need to find this feeling, that you were innately born with, will do so. I suggest to any of you who are concerned about yourself, take simple and small steps. Try to spend a weekend such as this without the substances. Simply change the conditions you have been accustomed to, and if it becomes a problem to do so, then seek help. I will be sharing more insight and information through out the month that will also include recovery from Mental Illness.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

‘I wish I could show you, when you are
lonely or in darkness, the astonishing
light of your own being.’ ~ Hafiz ~
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National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Recovery Month is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a substance use disorder and/or mental health problem to live a healthy and rewarding life. The highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and health lives on long-term recovery and also honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.



http://www.recoverymonth.gov/

Friday, September 2, 2011

At The Twilight

Hello, Happy Friday my friends :) The poems of Rumi speak with such depth of spirituality and beauty, I hope you feel that too.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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At the twilight, a moon appeared in the sky;
Then it landed on earth to look at me
Like a hawk stealing a bird at the time of prey;
That moon stole me and rushed back into the sky
I looked at myself, I did not see me anymore;
For in that moon, my body turned as fine as soul
The nine spheres disappeared in that moon;
The ship of my existence drowned in that sea
♥Rumi♥