800,000 people will succumb to depression, while battling some other form of mental illness, that they were unaware they even had. On Easter Sunday, say a prayer that those suffering from mental illness will seek help.
The Neighborhood’s 2nd Annual
MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 2017
April 23 – 28
No worries. We Gotchu.
with Always This Late
THE EASTER SHOW
written & edited by Kendall F. Person
On the clearest night, when the clouds fail to appear, clearing the stage for the
performance of the stars. And when the weather is just right, and all the day’s responsibility are behind us; and not on a day reserved for our favorite show, but on a night when we have no excuses, no way out of being alone with ourselves, under the vast expanse of a starlit sky. And once our minds are captured, by what we will later call surreal – but it was not – see where it takes you, all on its own. When the imagination takes control, our minds produce beautiful shows.
Yellowstone, the Sierra Nevadas, the Rocky Mountains, the Florida Everglades or most places in Alaska, or right outside our door, nature has a way of establishing order. It gives us back both inner peace & serenity, although for the animal residents, what we call peace, for them it is a constant struggle. And no matter how at ease our minds become, a constant state of inner peace we simply do not want, although when we have it, we do not want it to go.
We accept quotes of Eric Burdon – Inside each of us there is the seed of both good and evil… – believing we are bonded to hate and anger and evil, inhaling words like these, as if they in fact, are the gospel we seek. We wear our shields to ward off temptation, and drop to our needs in prayer, for strength to be a better person. We talk big, watch films and make plans, to find positive, resourceful solutions to defeating hate, before it spirals to the point of no return – North Korea anyone? But blame becomes the tool, that makes us feel as if we have done something, and we disperse without any progress made, on stopping the pendulum from swinging.
Silence. Just look into the sky and think real hard. Use your imagination, it is the key to all progress, and picture our world where the emotion of anger and the need for vengeance have been banished and now archaic. And if we cannot imagine it when we are all alone, embraced by the wonders of nature on a night of utter perfection, than we cannot achieve it, and by default accept, that we are good, but evil lives – in equal parts – within us.
Happy Resurrection Day