The conversation that caught my attention was about the number of people who die each year caused by errors in hospitals, by doctors and mistakes of drugs.
On one of the web sites there was a fellow on You tube who said, in essence, that that number of deaths, 285,000, is just a number and no one is held accountable. Compared to the event on September 11th when planes flew into the twin towers killing 3,600 humans lives, a war resulted. And it is still going on.
That comparison left me speechless, but not thoughtless.
The purpose of Sister Safe Talk, we, Harriette and I said, was to have a safe place with safe surroundings with those we could feel safe to say what we felt like saying with no judgments or repercussions. That is an outstanding concept.
We can look at what is happening around us, in our world and in the worlds we have no contact with, simply said… those who live on the next street, in the next town, next state….family members of co workers,on and on. Psychologists and Quantum Physicists now agree that we are all connected. Not only do we breathe the same breath, breath that gives life, moment after moment, none of us are in charge of our breathing. Remember the saying: the best things in life are free? That gives us a lot of time and opportunities to consider our neighbors!
The directive we read in many magazine articles and inspirational books is think about the things that make us feel good. Feeling good is the number one goal for maintaining health. It is impossible to worry and feel good at the same time. My friend June said she found that the show of grieving her husbands death did not prove she loved him.
I was looking at a fashion catalog and was impressed at the contagious smiles worn by the models. I looked from one to the other for their happy expression sooner than the new style they were posing. I was moved to cut their faces from the book and collage them on a bulletin board.
I smile along with them each time I glance at them. Did you know that smiling releases serotonin, even if you don’t mean it? The muscles do the work. Try it!
So, I will remember to turn from a conversation that is upsetting and make my own mental pictures. I will tell others, too, how I was able to change my feelings by cutting pictures I liked and pasting them on my bulletin board.