I once heard it playfully said, of all the things I’ve lost its my mind I miss the most !!
What a wonderful thing a sound mind is. Not until you have rubbed shoulders with mental illness, whether it be anxiety, depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia or other related mind issues, will you ever truly know how wonderful a sound mind is. It is our most treasured possession.
I once was in the company of people who worked in caring organisations. One man, who worked for the Disabled in our community, said this of broken humanity (those who have disabilities and afflictions) – “It is the cracked ones who let the light shine through” I understood what he meant, and have tucked that saying away in my heart to remind me of the value that people with disabilities give to those of us who are “normal”. And yes that begs the question – what is normal ? Whatever the answer is to that I thank God for “normal” – for that is the place where we all have to return and resort to from time to time. Normal is good.
I have also heard it said, that the mind is an extension of oneself, and that the environment is an extension of the mind. These are large thoughts. And speaking of thoughts, which unfold in the brain, should we not inquire into the anatomy of the brain to learn more? Thoughts, like words are very very powerful ! We need to know and to guard our thoughts. To recognise negative thoughts that can be toxic and do damage to ourselves and to others (often through our words), – and change their direction into positive thoughts, which is good mental health.
In my observations on the mind, and mental health, I would so agree that it is the cracked ones who let the light shine through, for it is this light that reflects into our own hearts to reveal what is there. Often I see a turning away in awkwardness, and I can understand that, sometimes it is a scoffer with no heart at all, and I want to despise that, and there are those so full of pride and have no time for the weak, the sick and the afflicted, and that is sad. But then you get those who are timid, yet kind, and reach out in whatever small gesture to “the broken ones”, – that fills my heart for then I know that love reigns there. Yes in their way, the broken ones are light bringers, and we should be mindful of them for they have much to teach us.
Sitting gazing over the ocean one clear sunny day, I heard the Lord say in my heart :
Do you see the ocean before you? Yes I said, well those are all the tears I cry for the disabled and afflicted ones. How wide, how deep His love goes.