The 1st @overcomingodds video podcast (and 4 podcast overall) was a success! Thank you Joshua Banks for coming through and discussing your new book, faith, and masculinity. Video out soon! #overcomingodds #video #podcast #nonprofit
--World Mental Health Awareness Day-- "I'm on my patio playing 'You Are My Sunshine' on ukulele, waiting for the storm to roll in. I have an empty stomach, wanting to eat, not willing to move or do anything about it. The emptiness doesn't stop there. I feel it creeping up my chest, into my heart and wanting to crawl up my throat to reach its hand out to latch onto something. My mind is hitting G-Force, so it seems. My thoughts pressed hard against the back of my skull, weighing it heavy. It almost seems as if it were connected to the black-hole of a knot in the back of my throat, making me clench my jaw. I feel an overwhelming sensation of warmth on my outer layers; whereas my bones are as cold as stone. My fingers are shaking and my heart still. My ears hear everything yet want to shut it all out. I'm happy, but can't seem to convince myself." This is a passage I wrote when I was in a dark place. It happens. When it's all said and done, I truly do love the Universe with my whole heart. I know that love shines bright and always prevails. It is not easy talking about the monsters lurking in the dark, but shedding light upon them will allow you to conquer what you once thought would weigh on you for an eternity. You are not alone. I love you, whoever you are, and will always be here for you, should you need me. I implore EVERYBODY to put their phones down, and truly connect with others on a deeper level than gossiping and complaining about trivial matters. Look after one another, smile, and take a moment to ask, "How are you?" and LISTEN.