Wednesday Wanderings [2]…

Goodness!  How fast time flies!  It’s time for another “Wednesday Wanderings…” post.  Below a favorite quote of mine I will always post a statistic just for additional insight.  Here goes…

“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!

Growing stronger…

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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)

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4 thoughts on “Wednesday Wanderings [2]…

  1. mairedubhtx says:

    Thank you for posting about your loved one’s mental disorder. I don’t have bipolar disorder but I do have chronic depression which sometimes for some unknown reason become acute depression. I wish I had such understanding loved ones. My relatives are scared and don’t want to face my disease with me. It’s hard. The chronic is hard enough and it’s a constant battle along with social anxiety disorder, but the acute is the worst. Having a support system makes so much difference. Sometimes my relatives step up and help me through the horrors I go through. Your loved one is a lucky person.

    • stacysflutterings says:

      Hello, I am so glad to hear from you! I am so sorry to hear you that you are faced with the challenges of depression and social anxiety. It must be difficult to say the least to face alone. Regarding supporting my loved one, I have the thought that I would want my family and friends to do the same for me. I am worth it. My loved one is worth it and you are worth it my friend. I would want them to fight for me so that is what I do. It is wonderful to hear that sometimes your relatives do step up. A support system is priceless. You mentioned that your relatives are scared and don’t want to face the illness, I can relate. That is one of the reasons I started the blog. I think the more we learn about mental illness and well being the more supportive we can be. The fears wash away. Again, I am glad to hear from you. I look forward to hearing from you in the future!

  2. Shirley Mullen says:

    Stacy Ann, you continue to amaze me! Your “Wednesday Wanderings” are wonderful, insightful, full of wisdom and teaching. I’m still trying to wrap my brain around where all this comes from, certainly not from me. Amazing!!
    Love, Mom

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