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I turned off my computer and said good evening to my coworkers. Outside, the brisk winter air chilled my face. Crossing the street and entering the parking lot I thought about what I wanted to do that evening. I got in my car and sighed.
The sky was already turning a dark gray, the sun coursing toward the horizon. I never much liked the way that worked out in the winter months. Seemed all the good, daytime hours, were sucked up in the void of work and sunlight was a rare commodity....more
I have a loneliness inside me for you.
My soul keeps it in a carry-on bag and stores it close at hand.
I don't usually feel the weight of it, unless it is time to pull it down from the overhead carry bin inside my mind.
A warm summer breeze threading through my hair, laced with the fragrance of magnolias, the sodium-lime odor of hot concrete, and barbecue smoke from a neighbor's back yard, will prompt me to have a look inside.
While I look around me filled with thought ...more
One of the most important things to recognize is that, like any e-motion – energy in motion – suicidal feelings, for the most part, pass (at least in 90,089 out of 100,000 of us in the United States!)
Who amongst us does not entertain the thought now and again? During particularly stressful periods of my life, I've encountered the urge, while crossing a bridge, to jerk the steering wheel hard right and the car over the guardrail into a 200 foot drop to the riverbed below.
I've spent a good 25 years of my life working on articulating my experience of having been one of the first paramedics in the country. My point of view has been the sheer wonder of working on the edge of life and death. I often joke that everything I've learned about life, I've learned in the back of an ambulance. It's no joke, really. Whereas others would think I would have learned about death, the fact is, I learned quite the opposite.
One of my key conclusions is that given the prope ...more