Prince EA – We need to talk about mental health

There’s too much negativity in this world.  It’s made us sick.

I only have one issue with what Prince EA says:

We can’t rely on government.  We can’t rely on schools.

We need to solve our own problems.

We need to be positive as individuals.

I’m not saying we should ignore anything negative.  Ignoring problems doesn’t make them go away.

But we should focus on what’s positive.  What’s good.  What we can do to help.

Take care of yourself.

Do what you can for others.

Encourage them to do the same.

Make your world a better place.

Gratitude

We all want things.

Wanting things reminds us of what we don’t have.

Our dream car.

Our dream house.

A boat like the neighbors’.

The problem with wanting things is that it never ends.

Many times I’ve wanted something.  Sometimes I have to wait until payday.  Sometimes I have to save up.

I buy the thing I wanted.  I feel satisfied for a little while.

Then I want something else.

A few weeks ago I started listing things I’m grateful for.  I’m trying to make this a daily habit.

I try not to repeat myself.

It’s easy at first.  I list the basics.

Then it gets harder.

I think about what’s happened to me over the last day.

I think about little things that make my life better.

Sometimes I have to think really hard.

Thinking about the good things helps me feel better about life.

It makes make more grateful.

It makes me happier.

If you need more happiness in your life (and who doesn’t) try counting your blessings.

Music

Does the music you listen to make you feel good?

There’s nothing wrong with listening to sad music when you feel sad.  It can help you feel better.

Do you listen to sad songs all the time.  Do you feel sad most of the time?  Trying changing it up.

Say you listen to a lot of angry music.  There’s a good chance you feel angry most of the time.  You might want to try something new.

If what you listen to encourages negative behavior, it might be a good idea not to listen to it.

There’s nothing wrong with having negative emotions.  We all have them.  But if you feel that way all the time there’s a problem.

Try listening to things that make you feel happy.  Songs about fun times.  Happy times.  Love songs.  Even something spiritual.

I have a feel-good playlist on YouTube.  Feel free to listen to it.  Or you can make your own.

Try listening to happier music.

It will help you feel happier.

I still love my wife

It’s a weird situation.

My wife told me almost six months ago she wants a divorce.

She was thinking about it a long time before that.

We still live together.  We sleep in different rooms.

She hasn’t filed for divorce yet.  She talks about it occasionally, though.

I’m not really in a hurry.  I just wish I knew for sure what was going on.

I still think the world of her.

She has plenty of flaws.  I’m sure she knows that better than I do.

She wanted to be with me when I could barely support myself.

She was supportive of me when I was laid off and couldn’t find another job.

She worked to support our family so I could go to college.

She forgave me the first time I told her I’d been lying to her and that I was addicted to porn.

She stayed with me when I told her I wasn’t going to finish my degree.

Best of all, she’s given me two sweet, wonderful little boys.

I hate that I hurt her.  Again.

It hurts me to lose her.

Whatever happens though, I want her to be happy.