All of us suffering from a mental illness, emotional trauma, or addiction are worthy of the grace and gift of recovery. Or in the case of those beyond recovery, some relief, love, and comfort.
For many years, indoctrinated shame and self-loathing kept me from seeking a viable path out of misery and into mental health. Prayers for a different fate for my still suffering brothers and sisters.
“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.”
“Everyone longs to be loved. And the greatest thing we can do is to let people know that they are loved and capable of loving.”
I saw the Mr. Rogers documentary last night and was deeply moved when I learned that his underlying mission, and the passion that drove him to do ALL that he did for children and children’s television, was to deliver (in a secular way that spoke to kids) Jesus’s message that we are all worthy of love, just for being us, and to Love Thy Neighbor.
So we are all loveable and worthy of mental health. Or at least relief from the pain of severe and chronic mental illness.