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  •  It is a perfectly reasonable (11+ / 0-)

    choice to do that.

    However, if you post something disturbing, then don't be surprised when people are disturbed by it :)

    I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
    but I fear we will remain Democrats.

    by twigg on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 08:46:27 AM PST

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    •  No doubt :) (11+ / 0-)

      Which is why I don't. I have written "downer" diaries before, but if I'm feeling like I'm on the ledge I stay offline completely, disconnect my laptop on write to myself instead.

      That being said, I've struggled with depression for decades now and I have learned how to navigate the choppiest of waters, usually. In this economy, many people are depressed, seriously depressed, for the first time. And if they come here and get help, good for them.

      P.S. I am not a crackpot.

      by BoiseBlue on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 08:52:28 AM PST

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    •  That sums it up completely. (11+ / 0-)

      I came home and found the diary and couldn't even really think of anything else.  I didn't jump in though.  I knew that there were people in this community that had the time, skills and big ones to help this person or find out what the heck was going on.  It was super hard for me not to jump in.  Me and my husband talked and figured it was best to let everyone else take this one on.

      I have been in the deep pits of my own hell twice before.  Without going into particulars, I've attempted before.  Yes, me the happy go lucky social butterfly hardworking creative flitter flatter person and anti war brat...  but it all made me stronger as I know that I am not alone.

      Also I know now that my feelings, emotions can never hurt me... just my reactions to them can.  

      I'm a very emotional person.  I tend to "radiate" and "glow" as my friends say.  However, there is another side to that passionate, extraverted person as well.  And it's okay for me now.  I allow myself to get dark and moody.  Hell, I'm a Scorpio, those star gazers will tell you I'm freaking moody - but what the heck do they know? LOL.  But I don't have to take my hurt and make it physical anymore.  I think artists and people who are creative or outgoing tend to surf the hairy edges of all emotions.  

      I just have to watch my reactions to them.  And I do.

      It's like with my political stuff.  I am OUTRAGED.  You hear me, FUCKING OUTRAGED, about what is going on in the world.  But I can not allow it to make me an angry, bitter, hateful person.   Same with, I can be hurt, betrayed, terribly depressed but I don't have to act out on it.  

      Last night may have been a slight trigger for me - I stayed out of the posts and allowed myself to believe in the fellow Kossacks.  But it was a wonderful reminder of the community we have here.

      I also like to know who needs help here.  

      Someone here needed money for a root canal.  
      Home Invasion and Cats needing foster care.
      Our wonderful Quilters were sick...

      To each one, I was able to give - but from each one I got a ton more back in the process.  

      If we quit helping and if we quit being able to ask for help... then we have truly lost what and who we all are about.  Compassion, Caring and Continuing onward.

      "When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." ~Jimi Hendrix

      by Damnit Janet on Tue Jan 17, 2012 at 09:11:46 AM PST

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