On this gray & mizzly day I sit and contemplate life and its natural movements from birth to death. Every day the movement continues its miraculous and mysterious ebb & flow that in one motion brings incredible joy and in another overwhelming sadness.
This week my family struggles through the aftermath of that crashing wave of death — inevitable, but always a stunning crash of painful reality, as in an unpredicted hurricane. We are tossed and turned and often turned upside down, struggling to regain footing after the storm has passed.
Life is so mysteriously wonderful — filled with things that uplift our spirits and others that teach us lessons, plant precious memories, and create unexpected ties that bind.
As humans, we naturally look forward to good winds and sunny days, but we are never ready for heavy rains and roaring winds at the other end of the spectrum; that too just seems like a natural part of our ebb & flow.
God grant us acceptance for those things we can not change…
disease. A pathological condition of a part, organ, or system of an organism resulting from various causes, such as infection, genetic defect, or environmental stress, and characterized by an identifiable group of signs or symptoms.
Domestic Abuse – A very debilitating condition that often weakens one to the point of suicide if the disease doesn’t kill them first.
As human beings we are all subject to disease of some kind — some as frightening as “The Big C”, Cancer or The Ebola Virus, the world’s most recent epidemic. But other diseases are more sinister, existing quietly in our midst, right next door, or just in the next room in our very own homes. The sounds and images of Domestic Violence – a truly pathological condition – are often so frightening that we refuse to even speak about it out loud. We know it’s happening and do nothing to stop its path of destruction. Why? Why?
Domestic Violence is one of the most complex conditions — so many causes, so many variables, so many stressors that escalate this disease — it’s often difficult to come up with one simple cure. And just how does this disease manifest itself? It is persistent abusive behavior inflicted by an intimate partner that affects one physically, sexually, economically, emotionally and mentally. It also affects children, other family members and sometimes even pets. And yes, it’s terribly contagious and can rapidly spread, often causing death. One of every four women in America will unfortunately experience this disease; however, this disease exist all over the world. Since 1976 30% of all female murder victims were killed by an intimate partner.
But like any other disease, one key to working towards a cure is awareness. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we must all do our part to change the tide of this epidemic.
Nobody can do everything, but everybody can do something!
I work daily to discover the better parts of me. There are days when I think I know myself , then out of nowhere some stranger appears. We think we know who we are, but there is more than one person buried layer upon layer — just waiting to be peeled away and used in as many ways as there are layers.
I am who I choose to be today, You and I can take giant leaps of faith and be superheroes today, but tomorrow I can be hovered in a corner by myself after an attack of life’s occasional shot of kryptonite. Each day is an adventure for me. I just peek out from under the covers, determine the mood of the day, and either pull out my cape to tackle whatever the fearsome world throws at me or I search for covering that I find appropriate to pull myself through yet another journey of unknown discovery.
I, Me & Myself – Write Tribe Wednesday Prompt 9-17-14
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