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Healing Yourself: The Naked Truth with Joie Cheng

  Some of us go through difficult moments in our lives where we feel that the only thing left to do is count down the seconds until it is all over. We beat ourselves up along the way by having negative thoughts, forgetting to show kindness to our very own selves....

#MeTooWhatNow – Overcoming with Ed Squire

  The statistics are mindboggling. In the United States alone, there's an estimated 60 to 70 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse. In Canada, the estimate is 10 million. Ed Squire is a part of that statistic. As a survivor, the abuse destroyed the majority...

Life’s Challenges – Divorce, Death And Rebirth with Lisbeth Tanz

  How we are able to handle life’s challenges measure the strength of our character. Life has not been easy for Lisbeth Tanz, a nonfiction book ghostwriter, editor, and author coach, but she has managed to push through the many curveballs thrown in her way....

Overcoming Dysfunction with Angela W. Stillwell

  There is no such thing as a perfect family, not even an impeccable childhood. Some may argue that there are, but people from a dysfunctional family will totally differ. Every human being has a different past or childhood experience. Angela W. Stillwell, the...

Overcoming Life’s Challenges with Joy Idries

  When you are overcoming challenges and adversities in life, it’s either you finish strong or you come out weak. In the end, what you get are lessons that mold you and armor you for the next battle. These challenges, be they life-threatening or life-changing,...

Broken and Unbroken – Madeleine Black’s Story of Resilience

  It takes a lot of courage to find the path to resilience especially when you have gone through a very traumatic experience. Madeleine Black, an international speaker, author, and psychotherapist, shares her healing story when she chose to forgive the men who...

Getting Your Feng Shui On with Kim Julen

  There is energy in everything. For things to flow in your life, you need an environment that energetically supports it. For Kim Julen, founder of Finding Your Fiji, that is achieved through Feng Shui. She is a dynamic thought leader, speaker, and Feng Shui...

Improving Education with Dr. Aaron Smith

  Investments in children usually begin with education. That's why Dr. Aaron L. Smith, STEM and workplace readiness expert and best-selling author of Awakening Your STEM School, maintains his stand that education should be improved and has to be taken to the next...

Building Wealth And Bringing Value By Taking A Leap Of Faith with Carey Green

  Sometimes we have thoughts and ideas that we can't find the courage to take action on. This hinders us to reach our absolute potential to live our life to the fullest and limits how we impact people in the most beneficial way for them. Life coach and former...

Ashley Berges Living Life

  We sometimes take for granted what we have and live our life in fear of tomorrow. But if you are a person who understands life's uncertainties, you want to make the most out of every moment of your life. Mentor, life coach, psychologist and modern-day...

Makena Sage Lumina Life Coaching

  We always want to find where in this world do we really belong, where do we fit in with our passion and purpose in this world. Makena Sage, creator of Lumina Life – a global life coaching and retreat company, tells the story of how she had it all until she felt...

The Journey Of A McDonalds Girl with Jill Raff

  At the end of the day, business is all about serving your customers and being good at it. Jill Raff, CEO and Founder of The Jill Raff Group and an experienced customer experience strategist, shares her journey and passion for customer service as she lets us in...

Every Life Matters

Why Every Life Matters

We have had a rash of young people taking their own life in the Austin area lately. It breaks my heart each and every time I hear about another life shortened and stolen from us. There is a compelling story behind my sorrow that will shed some light on to the whys and what ifs of suicide. When I was working at a metal health facility as a counselor, I had the opportunity to establish deep, intimate relationships with the patients that I served. I took those relationships very seriously as quite often the choices I encouraged had a profound effect on the lives of the patients. I often was assigned to work with young patients as I could establish lines of communication quickly and effectively. Once I was assigned the task of working with a young college student that was very depressed. However, by all outright appearances he had it all. He attended a very exclusive private university, had his own car, and an apartment at the beach. Since we were not too far apart in age, he was about 19 I was 23, I could relate to him on many of the issues we communicated about. We established a great therapeutic relationship and soon he was discharged from our facility. He did continue his therapy with his doctor on an outpatient basis. One evening while I was on the unit working, I got a call from this young man telling me how life was so great and that he had gotten it figured out and knew precisely what he was going to do. I was so happy for him and we chatted a while before hanging up. The next morning I was at home and got a phone call from the doctor of this young man. He started by saying brace yourself but _____ committed suicide last evening by propping himself up against a tree on campus and putting a bullet through his temple! I was devastated, what could I have done to prevent this? What did I miss? I was deep into the “blame me” syndrome! The doctors tried to reassure me that it was not my fault and that when someone really wants to commit suicide they will find a way but that often they reach out to those they feel close to and lay out the actions disguised as a safe and sane plan. This is what I missed, he was reaching out to me and I felt like I should have realized it and acted accordingly. I have always remained keenly aware of this. I know deep in my heart that this single event had a profound effect on me not perusing my desire to be a psychologist. My advice now is to always be vigilant to what a depressed or suicidal person relays to you and don’t hesitate to act upon your gut feelings. You might just be the catalyst that saves a life. The issue, as I see it, is that people today feel that they are running out of options in life and are resorting to the finality of suicide. The truth is that suicide is a solution to their problem, but what about those left in the wake of their selfishness? When one decides to take their own life they commit and give in to the worst of all thought processes, which is being so concerned with their own emotions that they fail to account for the feelings of others that care for them. Committing the act of suicide does not leave room for reason and contemplation and is as final an act as a person can indulge. Once it is done, it is done, finished, and left for others to deal with the aftermath. One of the major obstacles a suicidal person has to overcome is their loss of faith and hope. I believe that in order to have hope you must have faith. Faith is not always a religious faith, though I think that is the best faith to have. It also can take many other forms such as faith in family, friends, coaches, spouses, lovers and on occasion someone that we randomly meet and strike a cord of communication that leads to a bonding of faith. They must take that leap of faith in order to start building hope that whatever their problem is can be solved and resolution attained. I have always been the type of person that places a very high value on life and I am very proud of that fact. I also have always believed that there is a solution to every problem we have. We must be willing to communicate and search out those solutions. Suicide permanently halts those options. We as parents, teachers, clergy, family and friends must learn to recognize and act on the covert signs that lead to the act of suicide. This is not an easy task. By becoming aware of the signs we can have an intercession that might thwart the act, thus saving the lives of those whom are loved but cannot see it.