Today’s post is a little something different. A gentle request to everyone out there, a gentle reminder that we hold the power to create a difference between life and death. Depression and suicide are subjects some prefer to steer clear off, but its importance is growing ever evident, especially in the current situation.
According to Merriam-Webster, ‘Suicide is the act or an instance of taking one’s own life voluntarily and intentionally. World Suicide Prevention Day is observed annually on September 10 to raise awareness regarding the subject of suicide and the actions that can be taken to prevent them on a global scale. Quoting from WHO, “World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), on 10 September, is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). WHO has been co-sponsor of the day. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented.”
There is a lot that small gestures like a smile or a kind word that we often take for granted, can do. The impact they can have on people is strong, effective and important. I cannot stress enough on the importance of this matter and hope all of you realise the same. This poem is a small contribution on my part.
Always find opportunities to make someone smile, and to offer random acts of kindness in everyday life.
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
ALL THEY ASK
A kind word,
A soft smile,
It’s all they ask.
No matter how much they hide it,
Loneliness is poisoning them,
Feeding the silence that’s echoing their pain.
Their agony goes unnoticed
Beneath a mask of smiles.
The pall of desolate gloom
That’s been cast over them
Is one that was built over time.
A warm hug,
A few seconds of your time,
It could make all the difference
Between life and death.
You can let in a ray of sunshine
Through their wide cracks.
Negligence and ignorance,
Apathy and hate,
They could cost a life today.
They put themselves out
Of their misery
Because no one else helped them do it.
They do it,
When no one but death
Welcomes them with open arms.
A smile is all they ask.
We are all broken—that’s how the light gets in.
― Ernest Hemingway
An older version of this poem was also recently featured on Kaelyn’s blog @ Kaelyns Life. She is a very kind friend and make sure you check out her blogs, Kaelyns Life and Stuffed Stories. Stuffed Stories is a very unique blog and I loved the idea behind it.
“… Today, we can love others, pray for others, and share them the kindness that God shared to us. Love someone today, no matter who they are and what they have done…”
And I absolutely agree with her. Spread love and kindness, someone could be in desperate need of them and they are things one can never run out of. Thank you for reading.
Stay safe. Be grateful. Make sure others do the same.
But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.
― Albert Camus