For the lack of a better term I am using “Mental Issue,” M.I. for short, as a blanket term to describe what we have and deal with on a daily basis. I want to use “Issue” because I don’t want to call it an “Illness.”

Illness, to me anyway, implies that it can be cured, it’s something that you caught and didn’t have before. It’s a part of us, it’s in our DNA, and it’s something we didn’t choose to have but something we live with on a daily basis.

When our M.I. kicks in it’s called “An Episode.” An Episode of what? Are we a sitcom or drama that people sit back and watch? While it may certainly feel this way for non M.I.s, for those of us going through said “episode” it feels more like a storm. Comes on with little to no warning. A lot of huffing and puffing, with loud crashes of thunder. For this reason I will refer to them as Storms and not “Episodes.”

By talking we can begin healing and understanding on both
sides. Ask questions and listen to the answers, don’t judge, don’t speak, just listen.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Courage Under Fire

Pregnant and all alone
But you plan to see it through.
Afraid no one will help in any way,
You continue on, knowing this baby will need you.
THAT is Courage Under Fire.

Getting up each morning,
Dreading to face the new day.
There is a bully who makes your life hell
But you face him, never knowing what you are going to say.
THAT is Courage Under Fire.

You kept a secret,
One that will tear your family apart.
Now you’ve decided to come out of the closet
And be true to your heart.
THAT is Courage Under Fire.

You see things daily,
Things no person should see.
You bury the images deep inside
As a dying man cries, "Nurse, Don’t leave me!"
THAT is Courage Under Fire.

You loved your job,
When you first became a cop.
Now you do it cause others need you
Knowing and dreading that someday a bullet in your head may pop.
THAT is Courage Under Fire.

There are things in life
That scares you to the core.
Then you look deep down inside yourself
Finding strength to carry on and live life just a little more.
THAT is Courage Under Fire.

- Max M. Power

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