Living with a diagnosis of mental illness can be a deterrent or a stepping stone. I can lie down and feel sorry for myself or I can get up and keep it moving. How do you hold on to your joy when depression is knocking at your door? How do you reach inside and find the will to live when all you really want to do is die? How do you not isolate yourself when trauma hits and slams you up against the wall? I realize now, it is my essence, my Soul that totally takes over when I feel I can’t make it any longer.

Today I recognize my Soul has been my saving grace. Because my Soul is my connection to God, I can and will get back up again.