Hope for A Brighter Tomorrow

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Blog, "Grace on Wheels" Addresses the Disability Stricken

I have been blessed to know Lauren, the writer of a new blog, for several years.  I worked at another clinic.

She's been challenged by being hired by the clinic to operate a blog and run a monthly ministry out of the clinic.  Today she made her first blog post. and I wanted to share her new blog with you.
Me and Erma
If you ever get to feeling you have it bad, consider Lauren.  She has Cerebral Palsy .  She's been afflicted with something she can't hide.  It's something that's caused her much pain; physical, mental and emotional.  You can cover up a pimple.  You can be silent and still when you are nervous and shy.  But, Lauren could never hide her cerebral palsy.

I recommend that you read her first post, linked below.  Then consider your won situation.  If she can strive to work through what she describes, then surely you can work through your own issues.

Here is the link: 

Think of her struggles, then consider your own.


Friday, August 3, 2012

Author's Journey through Depression Inspires Book: The Blue Veil

Leigh Turgeon, author of "The Blue Veil" explains the complicating nature of depression.

She writes, "Crying all the time is horrible, believe me, I've done it. It's like everything is a  disaster, nothing works right and you're always late and letting others down. Meanwhile things are nowhere near as bad as they seem.

In reality every thing is working, and you're only a
little late and no one has even noticed anything is wrong.

People with depression have to fight, every minute, to see through the barrier that is created by The Blue Veil. Some cope and, tragically, some can't cope. 

Coping mechanisms can vary greatly.  I used to try to disregard all of the negativity and really focus on the
positive. Unfortunately this left me really vulnerable to getting hurt, both in love and in life.  This would make things worse for me, and I would retreat far behind The Blue Veil; insurmountably far from the happiness I wanted so badly."
Blogger Note:  If you or someone you know is going through this, maybe you should check out or recommend  her book.

Leigh Turgeon explains the significance of the title:   

"The Blue Veil is a divider between external reality
and internal desires for love and happiness euphoric."

-The Blue Veil, 2012, Leigh Turgeon

Here is a video highlighting the essence of the book:

If you are interested in buying the book, here are some links.  All proceeds are being donated to depression awareness organizations.



And all other forms:

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Overcome Rejection by Creatively Expressing your Feelings

Have you ever asked, "How do I overcome rejection"?  Keep reading and find out what I did.

After experiencing rejection by a woman, I wrote  poetry that expressed my feelings.   Here are the first few lines:

"This is for some of the women I've known,
vain, self-righteous, pompous  beyond reproach.
While looking at me, eyes on another
doesn't think I can see what's happening
Think I'm blind, think I'm dumb 
think I'm blind to what they've become..."

This is part of a poem I wrote expressing my anger.  Writing this (and other poetry) really helped me get through a difficult time in my life, and I think it (or another creative activity) could help you. 

Now, looking back, whenever I reread  them,   I'm reminded of lessons learned and obstacles overcome.

You and I know you have a lot of love within you and it keeps getting damaged.  It may be that you want to express the love you'd like to share, but can't.  Maybe you have a mom or dad who won't accept you, and it hurts.  Maybe you are being bullied in school, or by neighborhood kids, and you feel totally overwhelmed.

Whatever your feelings  are in your situation,  they can be expressed with your creativity.  Being creative with writing, painting, music, poetry or other activities will keep your mind and hands active.  

As time goes bye, you'll find (as I had) that your creations will serve as reminders of  obstacles  you had overcome.  Why do I think this is important?

It's been said, "Each time you overcome obstacles, you gain the needed courage to conquer new ones."  If this is true, think of the courage your creative expressions will give you to meet new challenges.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Author and Special Guest, Leigh Turgeon, Soon to Contribute

Here at Don't do It , we are excited to announce some upcoming contributions from an author with first hand knowledge of depression, Leigh Turgeon. This is exciting because her insight in overcoming depression can serve as an inspiration to anyone caught in its grip.
The Book being released is titled, "The Blue Veil".

Below is part of A press release from the author's web page.


One Author Fights for Depression Awareness in Communities Worldwide With Release of New Book:
The Blue Veil by Leigh Turgeon            

Leigh Turgeon, Author of newly released book, ‘The Blue Veil’ has pledged to donate proceeds of her book to 15 Depression Awareness organizations, in communities over three continents, worldwide.
WORLD-2012-- One in five people in your life are or will suffer from depression in their lives. Is it your father, friend, neighbor...is it you? ‘The Blue Veil’ is loosely based on the author’s own experiences with Major Depressive Disorder. Mrs. Turgeon’s goal was to share these experiences so that regular people going through it or people with loved ones dealing with depression could further understand:
·         what the mood disorder is,
·         what it means to live with this disorder,
·         reduce or obliterate the stigma against it.
Now, during the book’s official virtual release campaign in July and August of 2012, Mrs. Turgeon announces the larger fund raising efforts tied to ‘The Blue Veil.’
‘The Blue Veil’ tells one person’s story, but is relevant to everyone in any community. It is meant to promote awareness on three levels:
·                         -         understanding one’s own mental health,
·                         -    dealing with the mental health of a loved one,
·                         -         financially supporting those organizations around the world that promote depression       awareness in our communities.
 ‘The Blue Veil’ is available on Amazon.com and other online retailers as a Kindle download or on Smashwords.com, with copies for any other ebook readers.  
For more information on ‘The Blue Veil’ virtual book launch and blog tour visit: http://behindtheblueveil.blogspot.ca/ .                                                                 

You can also call and leave a message at: 1-613-701-3141.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Replace Negativity with Better ways of Thinking

Don't give in to negativity.  Seek ways to make your  life better.

Find lessons in all your  life experiences, and draw on the experiences of respected others.

Wisdom and courage will help  you  to cope with your challenges.  Be brave, stay strong and things will work out.

Think of your life as an adventure to be enjoyed.   

Your  life can be balanced and in perfect harmony, so don't give up.

Remember this:  "Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking."
-Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor-

Monday, June 18, 2012

Is Sunshine up your Butt Turning you Off?

The only time I ever dislike Sunshine is when I'm having it blown up my butt.

Sometimes things happen that can't be helped, and we just feel awful.  Sometimes, the last thing I want (or need) is for some busy- body-do-gooder telling me I need to cheer up!

Sometimes I don't want to cheer up!  Have you ever felt this way?

I suppose some of the posts in this blog are blowing sunshine up your butt, but I've tried giving practical ways of thinking about yourself and how you relate to the world.

I don't want to tell you that you'll never feel dissappoi9ntment, sadness,  or any number of negative emotions.  No one can say that.  The thing that matters is your reaction to those emotions.  

I choose to take walks, work out with my martial arts staff, and play music.  Some people swim, some write poetry, and others choose to confide in close friends.

Think about your choices in times of frustration or sorrow.  Are your choices helpful?  

Consider that choosing to stay in bed; avoiding everyone and everything, is a choice itself.

Is your choice a positive one?  Are your choices helping you come to terms with your negative emotions?  If not, maybe you should speak to someone who can show you how it's done.

I am not an expert.  I just want to help troubled people realize how empowered they can become.  You don't have to be a victim.  You can overcome your adversity.

If you fall into the category of people who has thought of hurting yourself; if you are someone who has attempted suicide and things have continued to spiral out of control, don't go to people who only make things worse by blowing sunshine up your butt.  Call a hotline and get in touch with REAL listeners.  

Remember, in order to get things out of life you never had before, you'll have to do things in life you never did before.

Make a call.  The numbers are on the right hand side of this web page.

Friday, June 8, 2012

By the Power of You, Good Changes will Come

You should be  grateful for who you are now, as well as the future you, that you can create for yourself. 

 Try to appreciate all of your current abilities.  Your intelligence, your passion, and your kindness are the tools you can use to build your desired future. These tools give you potential if you use them wisely.

 You, after all, are the master of your destiny.  Don't let anyone convince you that you have no power.  You have all the power over your future and your destiny.  This ability to master yourself is a gift from God that you should be thankful for, and take advantage of.

I heard a relevant quote this week by actor, Denzel Washington:   "If you want things you never had before, you have to do things you never did before."

What if the thing you want is to be happy about how you see yourself?  Maybe you should try seeing and thinking about yourself in new ways. 

Give it some thought.