Give Yourself A Chance To Give

We had a very sobering experience here in Panama City, FL today.  A man addressed a school board meeting about his wife being fired.  He spray-painted a large “V” with a circle around it on the wall of the room, and told the women and children to leave the room, at gunpoint.  He then spoke to the men on the school board, and started shooting at them with a small caliber weapon.  He hit no one.  He was injured by a shot from a safety officer, and then took his own life. 

This man obviously wanted to die.  He most likely wanted to end his pain.  

A person who is depressed can confuse ending his pain with ending his life.

Depression can result from a chemical imbalance in the brain, which can be corrected with natural treatments, medication, or simply talking with a capable therapist.  

Life is cyclical, and eventually the light at the end of the tunnel can be seen, and things can get better.  But in the darkness … in the middle of the tunnel … no end is in sight.  In the middle of solitude … without reaching out … suicide seems to be the only solution. 

But the suicide victim leaves a world of pain behind.  Family, friends and co-workers wonder what they could have done to prevent it.  Some even blame themselves.  The pain goes on.  The suicide victim ended her life, but not the pain. 

My heart goes out to this man and his family, and to our community, which will now try to sort this out, and will very likely find a way to put higher security in place at public venues.  More  fear … more pain.  

My community is bewildered, and hurting.  I hope we can reach out and give hope to the hopeless, and comfort to those suffering in the wake of this tradegy. 

I pray those with pain will reach out, and not confuse ending their pain with ending their lives. is one avenue of support … among many. 

If you happen to be one who wants to end the pain, ending your life isn’t the answer.  Getting help is the answer.  You are worth it.  You do have something to give to the lives of others.  

Give yourself a chance to give.


3 Responses to “Give Yourself A Chance To Give”

  1. catamountcarpet Says:

    pretty spbering post. We have had several suicides in the area lately. Christmas season is a very depressing time of year for some people. If you know someone that is diagnosed with bi polar syndrome, please take special care of that person. Just be aware of the people around you that you know and love.

  2. Persis Granger Says:

    Judy, what an important and thought-provoking post. Thank you.

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