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Even in these parts of the world, everything moves so fast. We barely have time to breathe, reflect, spend time with our families, heal from things gone wrong, and think about exactly why are we are spinning on this turn-table of life. DJ, please slow it down!

Who or what controls the pace of life, or the perceptions, and attitudes we inhabit? Maybe we should stop and think about this for a second.

In some parts of the world like Africa, people not only suffer from hunger, they die from it. In North America, one of the leading causes of death is suicide. So many people suffer from depression, and many agonize in silence.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), someone around the globe commits suicide every 40 seconds.

In the year 2000, 815,000 people lost their lives to suicide — more than double the number of people who die as a direct result of armed conflict every year (306,600). For people between the ages of 15 and 44, suicide is the fourth leading cause of death.

What are we so depressed about? Thinking about it will make you more depressed? The pharmaceutical companies are counting on it.

You have a cold. Take a pill. You have a headache. Take a pill. You’re hungry all the time. Take a pill. You’re unhappy. Take a pill. Your family is falling apart. Take a pill. Forgot what day it is. Take a pill.

Our lives are moving so rapidly, we do not have the luxury to feel, think, and heal things through. You can’t nurse a flu. You don’t have time.

It’s very easy to lose touch with ourselves and the things we value when life is pulling us in so many different directions.

It’s time to make time.

Reconnect with yourself, and all that matters. We need to insist that certain things in life cannot be compromised because of a production schedule.

When you deny yourself the fundamental right to be human at home, in the workplace, amongst friends — whenever and wherever — you starve your spirit, and depression can ensue.

Sometimes we just need to stop.

sstein@ganderbeacon.ca

 

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