I am an “always focus on the good” person. However this does not give me permission to not pay attention to the bad happening in the world. It gives me permission to see it, remember to do what I can, when I can, to help those in more need than myself and then to redirect my focus to something that lifts my spirits.
Last night I read an article about harvesting organs in China. I’ve known about this for over a decade. What I didn’t know is that most of the organs harvested are not for violent crimes. They are for “crimes against the state”. Most of the organs they harvest seem to come from a group of people called Falun Gong. These people are pacifists, they don’t smoke or drink and exercise is a key part of their beliefs.
So it comes to no one’s surprise that they are very healthy people. Harvesting organs is a very profitable business and China gets a lot of medical tourism because of this. I don’t understand how people can not question this when they get these organs. The will to survive is so great. I wonder with the suicide rate already pretty high if we took out the will to survive would we be like lemurs falling off a cliff*?
I’ve been of the mind lately that the gut plays a very HUGE role in mental health and that is why some drugs that unwittingly alter gut microbiota cause the side effect of suicidal thoughts. But let’s refocus. I don’t want to look at the bad happening in the world. Let’s focus on what I can do. I’ve been thinking of doing meals on wheels. It’s something that’s always appealed to me. Wonder how much of a time commitment that is? I’ve already helped in their soup kitchen before and that was fun.
The teenager climbed into my bed at 5am. It shocked me. I asked her if she was alright. She had a nightmare. At the time I didn’t know what it was about but I stayed up praying for about 30 minutes, to clear the negative energy and sure enough this morning she tells me it was about demons. It’s nice to see she still needs me “mama” besides just for my car, money, clothes and food. Lol
And I’ll leave you with this. Don’t ask me why I find this so adorable.
*Interesting anecdote but I guess it’s also false. They aren’t really committing suicide when they do this. Requires more reading than I have time for right now though.