I found the most sensational thing today.

It’s rare to find something that makes you cry, laugh, and smile at the same time.

I’m moving soon and, in the process of going through my old things, I found a note I wrote to myself close to two years ago. This note was written about a week before I had a breakdown, the same breakdown that led to my awakening.

At the time, I was on a downward spiralโ€”suicidal, self-destructive, and isolated. Every day just got more and more painful and every day I tried harder and harder to take the pain away, any way I could. Beyond my dominating facade, few people around me knew just how much mind space I was devoting to thoughts of suicide.

And then, someone was kind to me. And, in that moment, for just a second, I got a shred of hope.

And this is what I wrote.

An absolutely fascinating picture of a note I wrote to myself in the midst of feeling suicidal and self-destructive. It's a picture of hope.

“You know, this feeling may pass and I will likely forget all about it and think that this note is not real, only the pain is. But, just now, for one second, I felt like everything would be okay. Remember that you can still feel that next time you’re thinking about leaving this world. You’ll be okay, Vironika. I know you. You’re strong and beautiful and you’ve got life by the balls. Never forget that.

I can’t tell you that it was all downhill from there, because it wasn’t. I still had to learn my lesson the hard way and I still had to suffer to heal all the wounds I was too busy bandaging for years.

But this note, this precious little note, it just goes to show: there’s always hope. There’s always the possibility for hope. And hope is one of the most beautiful gifts any of us can give someone.

Zig Ziglar once said, “When you see someone without a smile, give them yours.”

You never know what people are going through. When I wrote this note, I lived in an armoured fortress in my isolated, sick mind, miles away from everyone else. I was hiding a mental illness from everyone around me, pretending like everything was okay.

So, smile. Be kind. Be generous. Who knows how many lives your love can save?

What Hope Looks Like


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  • November 14, 2013 at 7:02 am
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    “If you don’t like what you see, be the change you want to be.” -K.D.S.

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  • November 14, 2013 at 6:45 pm
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    Your sharing is such a gift, thank you Vironika!
    That transparency is a blessing and I pray many many people will find hope through your words.

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    • November 14, 2013 at 7:35 pm
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      Thank you for your kind words, Hemat! The more I share honestly, the more others share honestly, the easier it becomes for me to share honestly, and on and on. And, then, world peace in no time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • November 14, 2013 at 8:35 pm
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    My life has more ups than downs, so I cannot honestly say I have been anywhere near what you have experienced and courageous to share here nor begin to understand it.

    However, I hope that for people who are at the brink of despair will find this article and be consoled and uplifted at the same time.

    Be Well and Keep sharing!

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    • November 14, 2013 at 9:01 pm
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      Thank you, Philo. I hope so too! I hope to break the silence! Thank you for taking a moment to comment ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • November 14, 2013 at 8:39 pm
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    Beautiful and very poignant; Vironika. Thank you… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • November 15, 2013 at 5:32 am
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    Wow, what beautiful honesty and truth you express with such courage, Vironika. The strength you have and process is amazing:)Thank you for sharing…

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    • November 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm
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      We certainly do, Christopher ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for reading and sharing.

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  • February 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm
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    Wow! Hope really does spring eternal!How wonderful that you found this note when you can appreciate it to its fullest with clear thoughts! I’m glad you found hope and this note! Even in the darkness, Vironika’s wise “goddess within” knew the truth! Beautiful indeed!

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    • February 19, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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      That’s what I thought, Katy! How fortunate am I to find pieces of the past within a present that can truly understand them. I am so grateful, too, for your stopping by to leave your thoughts, my friend. So much love to you!

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  • May 5, 2014 at 10:41 am
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    Have NO fear! ๐Ÿ™‚
    We are each and one of us exactly where we should be at all times and there IS a meaning to everything ๐Ÿ™‚ A smile is very poweful ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • May 5, 2014 at 4:13 pm
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      So true, Nils. If I hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t be here. If I had not touched that bottom, I would not know how to swim deeply to help others. ๐Ÿ™‚

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