Posts tagged ‘Mental health’

July 29, 2012

The Promise

by Patrick Dykie
 
    
     This is a poem I wrote last year and posted on Darkjade’s blog, “The Dark Night.” I brought it back and posted it here, because I was visiting a client last week, and saw a homeless man outside his office building. With the economy being so bad it seems that more and more people are finding themselves in desperate situations. I’ve been through some tough times in my life, and as I sometimes say, ” But for the grace of God go I”, it could have been me sitting there alone and feeling hopeless. This poem was my first foray into the world of poetry. The style, flow, and rhyming scheme are reminiscent of one of my favorite poets, William Wordsworth. This poem was selected  last year by “The World Poetry Movement” as a semi-finalist in their open poetry contest. After the poem, I wrote a little about its meaning, and how I came to write it. I hope you enjoy it, and take something with you today.
June 23, 2012

Humility

by Patrick Dykie

  

     I decided to write a post about humility, as I thought of my own life over the past few years. I’ve dealt with health problems, the loss of my job, long-term unemployment, and serious financial problems. I’m back to work, and things have gotten better, but I learned some important lessons on humility. I also found that learning humility and being humble could be two of the hardest things that any of us could ever accomplish. It seems almost impossible to be truly humble. Not only do we live in a world where instant gratification is the norm, but one in which high self-esteem and confidence along with accomplishment are things we strive for and are rewarded for.

      It seems that everything today revolves around me, myself and I. We live in a world where athletes, actors, and the rich are put up on pedestals and looked up to, and idolized. Accomplishment or success at any cost is rewarded, while failure is looked down upon. Being humble is often seen as a weakness. People believe that if we are humble others will step all over us. How can we learn humility when it seems to go against our basic human nature? Humans have a basic need to be recognized for what we accomplish.

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May 27, 2012

Rule #6 Put Away the Scale (25 Rules for Better Health)

by Patrick Dykie

    

     I understand that many excellent weight loss programs like Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers use scales and weekly weigh-ins as an integral part of their programs. I’m not saying to completely ditch the scale. I believe that watching your weight drop can be fun and exciting. It is also something that those of you who are losing weight should be proud of. What I am saying, is that you should not let the scale, and those big black numbers take over your life. Yes, they are important, but there are other things that are more important. Bring it out of the closest once in a while or on special occasions, brush away the accumulated dust and cobwebs and enjoy the accomplishment of all those disappearing pounds. 

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