"The mentally ill frighten and embarrass us. And So we marginalize the people who most need our acceptance. What mental health needs Is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation." - Glenn Close
The love that is internal and real is amplified on the outside by our action.
I remember a few years ago when a panhandler was flagging me down on a busy intersection. I rolled down my window and said, “McDonald’s is across the street. Meet me there in five minutes”.
He said, “What for?”
I replied, “I want to buy you breakfast”.
This fellow was probably in his late fifty’s and quite worn around the edges. The temperature outside was -45 Celsius, so he really appreciated the offer. Inside the restaurant, we chatted and he told me that he basically fell out of life. He said that he lost his job, divorced from his wife and turned to the streets for his survival.
What a story.
What he really needed was someone to talk to and share some humanity. That is all that most people want. They want to know that someone loves them.
I asked him what type of job he had in his previous life. I was surprised as he had great saleable skills. He was a carpenter by trade. I encouraged him to get back into his field and that he could do it if he really wanted.
How many people just want to be recognized as a valuable human being?
When I am in a bank, restaurant or public place, I always make a point of acknowledging the individual in a significant way. Most often, the person is quite surprised that I even take the time to say anything at all. You’re there anyway so why not? It feels good and it makes the person feel good.
People love praise. Love is lifting people up. Love is action.
Love is sowing and reaping. The more you love, the more you will reap.
Sowing and reaping goes hand in hand with ask, believe and receive.
Everyone on the planet desires connection. They need to know that someone will listen, care, offer support and above all, love.
Congratulations to “Bell Let’s Talk” to finally remove any stigma to mental health by promoting proactive dialogue.
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