I had another post, well thought out and better written, all cued up for today.
But then the blogosphere made me aware that it’s World Suicide Prevention day today. How could I not make a post about that? Even if it’s last minute, not all that well crafted, and relatively uninspired, yes, I too will make a show of support for suicide prevention.
To be honest, I don’t have much to say about suicide prevention. It needs to be done. It’s not even all that hard. There are plenty of websites and tons of blogs that will tell you how to do it. There are resources coming out of our ears. All we have to do is care enough to take the issue seriously and learn how to support those who are in a bad place.
The most difficult part is noticing someone else’s distress through the haze of our own lives. The solution for that is easy too: being there for the people we care about, paying attention, and really listening to what they have to say. It’s all so easy. So why do we need to be reminded? Why do we need a special day for promoting awareness? Why isn’t this the just the way it is?
For my two cents, here’s what we really need to do – both for suicide prevention and to create a better world, every single day: cultivate compassion.
End of lecture. Have a good Monday, y’all – I have a plane to catch.