As our lives spin faster and faster out of control, we cannot help feeling that, perhaps, it is simply too much to cope with. And we are not alone in feeling this. In fact, it is shared by countless others.
Were you aware that suicide is the third leading cause of death for our young people age15-24 years. (1st = accidents, 2nd = homicide).
And I must ask, “Why?” Why is it a cause of death at all?
My friends, let us chart the hidden boundary of our lives. What truly exists is mostly hidden in dimensions unexplored. It is uncharted. And the pathways to our awareness lay on virgin soil.
As Rod McKuen has intoned with such insight and compassion, “And Love, Love is full of flaws. Who knows the cause? Living in a memory, of a Love that never was”.
And that, my friends, is what others have privately shared with me. There simply was, for them, no loving memory. Despite appearances, they felt abandoned and truly all alone. There was no one to share their deepest feelings with. No one cared enough to spend even a few moments to listen, just listen. And in listening, do so without judging.
What our children, of all ages, are needing is to discover that someone, perhaps you, simply cares. You may assume that someone cares for everyone. But, by the millions, it not true.
You may be as shocked as I am to learn that suicide is the fifth leading cause of death for our very young children age 5-14 years. I found this to be unbelievable. After all, we are referring to young kids fourteen years of age and under.
And this unfathomable tragedy is compounded knowing that destroying yourself is the second leading cause of death among college students.
I cannot tell you how many times students and strangers and friends shared with me a deeply sincere thank you for caring enough to take a few moments and listen, just listen. Sometimes, after listening, I must wait until I get home to wash with my tears .
And I must confess that today I am happy. As Rod would intone, “The reason is you see, once in while along the way, Love was good to me.”
To begin a journey of hope for someone, anyone, you must open up the heart a little, just a little to begin with. After all, it is a fragile pathway. It is lined with memories of the sorrows and the joy, the happy and the pain and the deep longings, some with unforgettable regret.
But holding back the tears, after all the years, will never let them wash away loves wounds unseen. There is a blessing in knowing that those who hurt you are people you never really knew. And, you discover, they never knew themselves.
I am reminded of the simple but powerful lyrics to the song,
“What a Wonderful World” –
The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces of people going by
I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
They’re really saying I love you.
Yes, we tell others we love them in the simple things we do – with a warm smile, a happy greeting or a sincere expression of concern.
But it is more than love we convey. It is so much more. In that brief moment of joy, with a sparkle in your eyes, in the heartfelt warmth of your words or in a timeless moment of thoughtful concern, we plant a deep seed of hope for someone living in quiet desperation. And everyone is in need of hope.
To stop in mid-stride of a bustling and busy day to say, “You are in my prayers” or “I pray that God abides with you on this Blessed Day” can change the course of mighty river of despair that flows unimpeded through the seemingly hopeless life of someone in need.
You are, my friend, like an island in the sea. The sea is the silence that pervades the lives of desperation all around you. It is the gulf, and many millions have been lost at sea. Yes, the island is your voice in the void, much like one in the wilderness, much like a beacon in the frightening dark of night, like the sound of salvation.
Our Savior did not give His life for you in vain. His Sacrifice gives us the strength to help one another.
The next person you meet is far more fragile than you can ever know. That beautiful person is truly a reflection of all the love and all the joy that resides deep within you.
If you want to come alive, breathe life into someone else, anyone. The hope you give will spring forth by simply looking deeply into the eyes of a friend, a neighbor or a stranger and igniting a desire to more fully live this life, by knowing that someone, somewhere, simply cares – that they are loved, loved by you.
Love profound is eternal. And your love will live beyond your being. It will dwell within every heart you meet and echo throughout eternity with every lonely person you warmly greet.
We are made in His Image. Can you not already hear the voice of God? The one you spoke to in a loving manner can.
William Shakespeare – Friday
Our plan for this FRIDAY is to continue to REVIEW 5 SHAKESPEARE PLAYS and prepare to vote to select one for performance in the Spring. All students will meet at the school on FRIDAY morning at 9:00 a.m. We will spend the entire day getting introduced to William Shakespeare and five of his plays that we have not previously performed on stage.
PICKUP will be at the school at 3:00 p.m.
William Shakespeare was a highly respected man of dramatic arts who authored plays and acted in some of them in the 16th and early 17th centuries. His reputation as a dramatic genius wasn’t fully recognized until the last century.
Beginning in the early 1800s and continuing through the Victorian period, acclaim for William Shakespeare and his work reached its peak. In the last century new interest in performance has been rediscovered.
His plays today are popular and reverently studied and interpreted in performances with diverse cultures. The genius of Shakespeare presents real human beings in a range of emotions and that transcend their origins in England. He is now recognized as the greatest playwright in western civilization.
William Shakespeare (26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616)
Oct. 14 Columbus Day Holiday
Oct. 18 Ripley’s Believe It or Not & Wax Museum
Oct. 25 Fossilmania in Glenrose (Dr. A is NOT for sale!)
Nov. 25-29 Thanksgiving/Fall Break
Dec. 5-6 Texas Assn. for Gifted & Talented Conf. (No school)
Dec. 20 Last Day of Fall Semester
Dec. 23 – Jan. 7 Winter Break Holidays
YOU are invited to be with us and observe, but PLEASE do NOT interfere with our preparations for in-depth study of these five plays or Dr. A munching down of a delicious pizza (he is not supposed to have this, but please do not tell Mrs. A.).
Dr. Anderson may be reached at 682-777-1908 (EMERGENCY & RUMORS, ALIEN ABDUCTION STORIES (one of his favorite subjects), EXAGGERATIONS (he can relate), ETC.)