Oh, My dearest Stranger,
Upon this night, I did weep
for while I sat alone in darkness
Understanding upon me, did creep.

More then twenty years have passed
Since the marry day we wed
Yet, I knew you better then
with all the nothing you've said

I've given all I am
my insides hollowed out
nothing left to give
all that's left is doubt

Oh, My dearest Stranger
How much I love thee 
Yet, here I am, waiting
wishing you'd speak to me

A grave yard in the background. In the foreground there is a pig wearing a zebra hoodie who is crying. At the top of the picture the text reads: “Always speak to people knowing that what you are saying could be the last words you speak to them.”
A thunder storm with a lightning bolt that is reaching down to strike a weight that reads “life” which is pressing a pig wearing a zebra hoodie face first into the ground. At the top of the image the text reads: “Today’s Mood”

The Negative Impact of Saying “Just Be Positive”

Hello Dazzle! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. Today I want to talk about the idea of Toxic Positivity. Toxic positivity involves dismissing negative emotions and responding to distress with false reassurances rather than empathy. It’s false reassurance like saying “everything happens for a reason” or “everything will work out” or “look for the silver lining.” Truth of the matter is that there isn’t always a reason, things don’t always work out and there isn’t always a silver lining. These kinds of statements deny the reality that human suffering exists and as a result dismiss the emotions that a person is feeling.

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Out of focus background. To the right there is a large stack of books. To the left there is a pig wearing a zebra hoodie and holding a mug with an open book in front of him. Text in the upper left corner reads: “Everybody has a chapter in their life that they don’t read out loud.”
In the back ground there are a bunch of small sketches of graphs, charts, lists, flow sheets and images that suggest the solving of a problem. There are words over laid these sketches which read: “Grief, fear, blood work, appointments, isolation, gas lighting, dismissal, money, pain, side effects, anxiety, pain and pills. In the for ground there is a pig wearing a zebra hoodie with a poster that reads “Chronic Illness Burnout is Real”
Picture of a mirror with a pig in a zebra hoodie with heart eyes. Text reads: “Not everyone is going to be a fan of you, and that’s ok. Stay true to yourself and surround yourself with those who appreciate you for being you.”
Picture of the ocean with birds flying in the sky. A pig in a zebra hoodie stands in the fore ground, cheering. Text reads: “It’s important to remember that nothing ever stays the same! No matter how hard life might be at times, it won’t last forever.”