“At least there is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail” JOB 14:7
The recent cases of suicide are so saddening. As I read the story of Mwiriki, tones of tears were vibrating inside my eye lids. This prompted me to ask myself philosophical questions. What’s the meaning of life? What’s the greatest pain pain a human heart can bear? Does one has a breaking point? The point when you cannot hold anything anymore? The point at which all hope is lost and life lacks meaning anymore? How different are we when it comes to handling depression? I yearn for answers to these questions!
Life is bitter sweet. The dynamism of life can’t guarantee one of living a happy life everyday. There will be ups and downs at one point or another point in life. Just like we have the four seasons, life come with it’s own seasons. The presence of winter doesn’t mean that summer Won’t come. You may lose all that kept you moving but remember plants lose their leaves in autumn; they are left looking dry and hopeless but as the onset of spring approaches, hope start manifesting itself. The seemingly dry and feeble plants sprout and blossom in the spring. Their branches turns green showing presence of life. Life will always present to us these seasons but it’s upon us to understand each season. Have a positive perspective that each season has it own flows and it’s own good. The autumn prepares the trees for a blossoming season approaching. Pick the goodness of each season and discard the toxic elements.
The storms of today Won’t have a perpetual lasting. A storm precedes sunshine after all. Life has become unfathomable nowadays. You wake up happy and vibrant, in the course of the day, life turns sour all over a sudden. Frustrations from unfulfilled expectations, heart breaks, sickness, financial difficulties, career disillusionment, academic failure and other life’s challenges are the catalysts of these depressions experienced by people. Frustrations develops gradually into stress and ultimately, into depression. Depression is the final stage where things get out of your hand. You have little control over your decisions and actions at this stage. It’s the stage that one feels life is vague! Life has no meaning anymore and one opt to take away his/her life!
I reminisce once during my tender age threatening my mother that I would hang myself after I was beaten. Hitherto, I can’t tell if I was serious neither can I tell the feelings that precipitated such evil thoughts. I don’t know at which point that pain in life become so unbearable that you opt to take your life! I can’t understand the magnitude of strength and courage it takes to take a rope and hang yourself. Death is sacred. People fear death even in their dreams. So when one reaches a decision to take away his/her life, things must have been so overwhelming. It’s at the point when one is broken emotionally, spiritually and physically that one opt for death because they cannot bear it anymore. One thing I’m certain of, there’s one thing that can change the perception of life to a person who has totally given up-LOVE. A person about to commit suicide needs to be shown love and assured that despite his/her predicaments, there’s somebody who loves him/her.
Let change our lifestyle. We’re living during ruthless times. Nobody cares about the welfare of others apart from utter pretense! Our friends are suffering secretly while we’re busy critizing their actions. We wait until someone dies then we start sympathising with the family members. People are always willing to contribute any amount of money towards their burial while we never speared even a moment to give them emotional support while they suffered. Just a word of solace and love can save a life of your friend.
Talk to people. Ask them how they are fairing. Show those suffering emotionally love. Change their perception of life. Tell them that storms don’t last forever. Give them a meaning of existence. Lead them to the path of spirituality. Tell them that death doesn’t solve problems but rather creates more. God created us all with a purpose. His plan is not to die prematurely but to fulfill our purpose in life. Show them that trials and tribulations are part of fulfilling that purpose; same Jesus was tortured just to fulfill the will of His Heavenly Father. In a nutshell, let stop our hypocrisy of crying and sympathising with people while somebody is already dead. Check on your friends regularly and help those battling stress and and depression.
- Be a source of new hope to someone who has lost all the hope.
- Be a waterer of a cut tree stump that it may sprout again!
- Be a counselor to the depressed Let your presence be their turning point
- From breaking point
- To a blossoming new heart