SRS About The Asylum....

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  1. PuppyCat

    PuppyCat O.T. Mom

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    We may not have experienced the same suffering as the person that put up the post, but we have suffered in our own way, with issues that we ourselves have personally gone through. Our comments have meaning because we have suffered and through that we can share compassion. We know what it is to be crushed in spirit. Therefore, we can empathize with all that are suffering” …..Dave Steel, Asylum Moderator

    I copied Mr. Steel’s words because recently I have had a very bad time with my personal life. Many of you know what I have gone through…it seemed as if a life time of Soul Pain had been crammed into 5 months. It was excruciatingly difficult. The problems encompassed life, death, love, suicide, abortion, becoming a widow, betrayal, self-hurt, physical problems with my brain, medications, work stress, melting down, refusing to let go of things, losing one’s perspective and not being crushed in spirit, but having my spirit annihilated.

    It was a very dark time… the darkest in my life.

    I sought “professional” help…saw a psychologist once a week, a shrink twice a week (and it seemed as if he prescribed a new medication each time I saw him), talked with “God” people, etc. It ended up when I would want to discuss something with my psychologist, she would say “Talk with your psychiatrist.” When I saw the shrink, he would say “Hmmm…try this medication.” It was a most vicious of circles.

    What to do? I DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO.

    I reached out to OT.

    The people in the Asylum have been wonderfully supportive. At times their advice to me fell on deaf ears , or I read their advice through a medication induced haze and did not act upon it. However, and this is the amazingly wonderful thing, every time I went back to the Asylum the people were there for me.

    So, one night I was sitting here with a quart of Vodka (I loathe drinking) and a full 8 ounce glass full of assorted pills…I was ready. I was. The Soul Pain I had been experiencing had reached its zenith.

    However, someone in the Asylum (and they know who they are) held my hand in cyberspace, talked with me for hours while I got terribly drunk and I finally realized what they were saying made sense and I let go of all this pain I had been carrying around for too long and that one particular decision I had made and was struggling with, was the very best decision I could have made at the time. Wow. How wonderful is that?

    I feel better than I have in a very long time. Stronger. And I am smiling.

    To the people in the Asylum who have listened and listened and listened and talked to me until they were blue in the face, I thank you for helping me get back my life…Raph, Rob, the Soup Maker, Marv (my newly adopted son), and Petah…especially Petah….

    How does one thank people for helping to give someone back their life?

    I have given this great thought and the only answer I can come up with is to make the rest of my life the very best it can be and have compassion in all things.

    ~Smile~
     
  2. johan

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    It's a sunny day today and I hear birds singing. Think I'll go for a walk.
     
  3. Toasty

    Toasty Naked people have little or no influence on societ

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    As much as OT can be a PITA to someone, it can also be the best medicine due to people having various points of views on issues, from various walks of life. Instead of speaking to one psychologist and shrink, you get a whole community of people to give advice and support. Cool OT'ers know to support each other when in need.

    I dunno about the rest of you, but there is no need to thank me. I haven't done much besides take your mind off of things. The only thing i guess I'll ask for you to do is smile.

    I could go for some online scrabble right now. :o
     
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    Hell, as long as you have the right attitude for the main forum, it can really make you laugh. Just don't take things so seriously when you enter it. :wavey:
     
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    The Green Bastard Click click click bang

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    :wavey: Always here for you too, Puppycat. You've been here for me.
     
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    beanolo It does a body good!!!1

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  8. PuppyCat

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    The hugs, smiles, dance and birds singing were all very nice---thank you.
     
  9. JordanClarkson

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    We love you here :hug:
     
  10. PuppyCat

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    What a terribly nice thing to say. You have made my day...thank you.:)
     
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    The title of the second book is something I firmly believe in.

    "Loss came suddenly for Gerald Sittser. In an instant, a tragic accident claimed three generations of his family: his mother, his wife, and his young daughter. While most of us will not experience loss in such a catastrophic form, all of us will taste it. And we can, if we choose, know as well the grace that transforms it. A Grace Disguised plumbs the depths of our sorrows, whether due to illness, divorce, or the loss of someone we love. The circumstances are not important; what we do with those circumstances is. In coming to the end of ourselves, we can come to the beginning of a new life -- one marked by spiritual depth, joy, compassion, and a deeper appreciation of simple blessings."
     

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