Thursday, January 28, 2016

Silent Suffering

Walk on by! That's what most people do. We walk by people battling depression, domestic abuse, bullying, homelessness, poverty, etc, as if it's normal. These things become "normal" because we accept the fact that society paints the picture that if you look a certain way, act a certain way, come from a certain zip code, that you deserve to be treated less than. We will use the coined phrases "It's not my business", "I'm too busy", "It has nothing to do with me", "I'm already struggling, I can't help anyone else", and the the list goes on. So we watch as people suffer in silence.
If only 6% of Americans are in the upper/wealthy class, can you image how many people in this country are living pay check to pay check? So many people having to work 2-3 jobs, part time, supplemental jobs to secure a comfortable living status. It builds stress and depression. This is the reality of many Americans, who miss time with their family, their children, daily regretting the choice of survival.

Can't relate? Maybe you aren't one of the many middle class Americans working a job(s) where they aren't getting paid their worth, undergo hardships from lack of sound leadership, many times being disrespected and enduring workplace bullying. We feel stuck, as if it's impossible to succeed and build the American dream for our families.  More often than not, the choice is to survive resulting in silent suffering. We suffer in silence daily, never revealing our personal struggles and pains resulting many times in depression. After a while, you don't realize that you're depressing your abilities to dream, to have hope, to beat the impossible because of the conditions you work under, around and through daily. However,breaking the silence frees us and opens door for impossible things to happen. 

Depression is steadily growing in America. Years ago, a research study was done on stress and depression showing how many people are battling this daily. What does this mean for the middle and working classes of America? It means that we are working even harder to prevent this from becoming our reality. We're constantly in battle with what we don't have and working to maintain what we do have. Do you know that the same amount of children, youth and young adults living in depression and poverty in 1916 is the same as today! Yes, unemployment is down, BUT the same communities, classes and races of people are still trying to work out of a systematic deficit designed for them.  That may not seem like a big deal; however, considering that our resources of educational, business, employment, health care and even home ownership opportunities have grown and expanded, morally we should be in a better place! The moral fiber of America breeds depression.

Don't be silent! The society we live in has forced us to become detached from the concept of "standing up for what we know is right!" If you work with, around or for people who need help, help them. Start with speaking! So many people are dealing with the same issues but remain silent about them out of fear.

You may be saying, it's not me! It's all of us. We all deal with disappointment, grief, failure, judgments, prejudices and the pressures responsibilities bring. Our decision to remain silent about how we feel builds depression. Be the voice that speaks out! Don't be silent about how others make you feel, how they treat you, how disappointments, failures and the pressures of life

Our silence is only golden when it's helping the situation. Break free of what binds you! - jba     

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