“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Mahatma Gandhi
I love this quote by Gandhi. It is beyond motivating! He places gently in our mind’s eye the powerful gift of learning how to make the world the way we want it with just 9 simple words. He speaks volumes about how one person can make a difference. The complexity of stepping out into the world to make positive change is washed away and replaced with the simplicity of taking action.
When I read the quote I am reminded why I started the blog. It wasn’t that long ago when our family was rocked by the bipolar disorder of our dear loved one. And if that wasn’t enough, our worlds about shattered after our loved one’s second suicide attempt. Instead of falling totally apart we stood up and took action. When I look back at 2011 I see a swirl of action that grew from love and pain. I see volunteerism, education, support and treatment. I see new friendships bloom. I see healing occur as we step past our comfort zone and share our experiences in hopes that no one will ever feel as alone as we did during that tumultuous window of time in our lives. Ultimately…I see change. And with one, small, simple blog: Stacy’s Flutterings I attempt to gently shake the world by being an open book and sharing our experiences with the desire to shed positive light on mental illness, erase the stigma, promote awareness and provide hope! May you have a wonderful and peaceful rest of the week!
Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.1 When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people.2 (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], 2008)