A little floral lift today:
Cut flowers have been on a “blow out” sale this September and so we have enjoyed a few different bundles. Mostly multi-colored roses, but if you scroll down – then you can see some sunflowers too. I have always known that flowers offer a lift, yet I was reminded again this month as I walked by the various arrangements. Such a simple joy. Reminded me of the Lady Byrd Johnson quote, “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”
In August, we watched the documentary American Tragedy (Amazon Prime), which was a short film about Sue Klebold, the mother of Dylan – who was one of the Columbine shooters in April 1999.
It was a pleasant surprise to find that a good portion of the film advocated for mental health initiatives and showed how Sue, and others, have been advocating for teaching wellness skills to young children. Sue noted that her son “was suicidal before he was homicidal” and then she went on to talk about helping people find their hope and noted the importance of suicide prevention talks “before they are needed.” She noted that she had talked to her children about many topics (business, school, STDs, finances, etc.) but never imagined the need to address suicide.
When we started watching the documentary, we thought it was going to be a heavy movie, but it was not; instead, it was uplifting and we had a lot of respect for Sue Klebold and the work that she has done to help raise awareness about wellness education.
I was really taken back by so much of what she shared. In fact, it also provided me with a nice affirmation. Many readers know about the book “Lady by the River” (here). This book turns five years old in November and so I am getting ready to make an audio track of the book. I have not decided how I want this to unfold, but as I looked over the chapters this summer, I paused at the wellness poems and tips at the end of the book.
Did you know that one reviewer took off a star because she felt that those sections were extraneous?? On one hand, I agreed with her. On the other hand, I knew the extras NEEDED to be there. Just felt it all along.
The book was birthed to help an actual “lady by the river” (someone miserable and broken) and the reason I added the tips for wellness was to offer potential resources for her and anyone else that might need them.
Anyhow, after watching American Tragedy, I was proud of the extras in the book. Make that – I was extra proud to have left them in there – even if they were annoying to some readers.
And just FYI – here is the number for The Lifeline
The Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress – and offers resources for anyone struggling or for those trying to help someone in need.
Yesterday, I finally had the chance to enjoy some blog time. I soaked up some great posts.
One of the first posts I read was “NEVER GIVE UP ON HOPE” (here) from blogger Bruce Stambaugh @RoadkillCrossings. Here is the ending of his post:
I am not sure where this post finds you today. You might be having a sweet September or it could be a struggling kind of swampy month. If you need a little cheer, I suggest reading uplifting material for two straight hours and see how that makes you feel. Bring every thought captive and seriously, watch what you camp on in your mind – stop ruminating on the heavy because it will make you feel down.
And if you have time, check out the American Tragedy documentary because it sure does move the soul. When Sue Klebold said she could not even put her socks on and shared about her recovery after the horrific thing her son had done, well it leaves you changed – and changed for the better.
Closing song, “Hope Now” by Addison Road
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