What Would a Buddist Do?

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. Today I am going to be doing something a little bit different. I read the blog post: What would a Buddhist do? I found it interesting and this is my response to that post.

“Cease to do evil,
Learn to do good,
Control the mind.
This is the teaching of Buddha.”

This post had a lot of really good things to say and led to me thinking about quite a few things. I feel the strong urge to add some toughts to those already in this post. Please, read the post linked above. I will be assuming that you have read it and my comments are in dialouge with it. I will also be using the same headings to make it easier to follow what part of the post I am addressing. So, here goes my rambling and randomness.

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To What End?

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. So, today I want to talk about the reasons that I spend so much of my time talking about my medical stuff on various social media platforms. There are several reasons that I feel this is an important activity to engage in.

The first reason that I do this is for myself. This gives me a place to talk about my medical problems and emotionally process the things that are going on in my life without having to dump all that on the people I live with. I talk to them too, but it’s important that they aren’t my only outlet because having chronic illness is big and creates a lot of baggage for a person to work through. It’s never a good idea to try to have one person handle all of that with you.

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Shift the Focus

A year ago, a dear friend of mine lost his long battle with depression and died by suicide.

I always imagined that someone I loved committing suicide would make me angry. But of all the complex feelings that I have had, anger has never been amongst them. While I mourn and suffer because of his choice to end his life, I also understand why he chose to do so. His death is a testimony of our failure as a society. He spent most of his life dedicated to helping others with mental illness because he understood how deep those struggles effect you. Despite all his training and years of experience as a psychiatric nurse, he was not immune any more than anyone else.

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