Nineteen percent of all Americans ignore their brains
fifty percent of the day.
Thirty two percent of people aren't sure where their
brain is located.
Seven percent of all people say their brain is of
absolutely no help to them at all.*
Numbers and statistics say a lot.
The above scientific information is,
in my estimation, horrific.
What is this world coming to, when even our
brains seem to get only a cursory nod?
Fear not, my child.
The above scientific mumbo jumbo isn't
totally true. Okay, it's not true at all.
But the spirit of this false info is.
Stay with me.
This past year my particular brain has experienced:
Confusion that settled in like dense fog
Darkness clothed in despair
Sadness and grief that snatched away hope
An intense desire to no longer be among the living
A prison-like separation from even those nearest and dearest to me
Cracks threatening to become gaping holes in my strong faith
Anger that I had been chosen to battle cancer yet again
I wasn't making this up or imagining it.
It was every day reality. A constant constant.
The only relief I got was the restless sleep that came each night.
The dark embrace of my pillow and blankets had me
wishing night would last forever.
But, my child, help did come.
After slogging through physical pain, narcotic pain pill withdrawl
that took an entire summer, and depression and anxiety
that made me un-recognizable (to myself, at least),
I am writing to you to let you know that I'm
How do I know, you ask?
Here's another list
I don't fight to get out of bed in the morning (not much, anyway)
I am seeing better.
I am walking straighter.
I am thinking about actually doing things I used to enjoy.
My internal shakiness is waning.
I am shopping and enjoying it again.
I had lunch with a friend today, and felt as though I carried my part
of the conversation in a relaxed and intelligent manner.
I have not thrown out my faith.
I'm looking forward to going on a trip with my Boyfriend
in the not distant future.
Bumpy roads and bright sunlight do not jar my senses.
If you have never experienced my first terrible list,
this is what I have to say to you:
LOVE AND APPRECIATE YOUR BRAIN;
the brain that is your comfort and friend, because it
is not always so.
Don't ignore it. Locate it on your body,
and joyfully thank God that it's working
*Not at all true.
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