I shared this on my personal page earlier and as the day went on, I wondered how many people I know and those I don’t know who have one of these invisible illnesses? Now, a lot of the invisible illnesses aren’t listed in this picture, but the point is clear.
It used to be if you had some kind of mental disease, you were considered a freak. Unfortunately, I don’t think this thought process has changed much over the years. Despite all the new information available, we as a society are still quick to judge. We judge on history, our own beliefs and what we think we know.
I wanted to share this image again, not only because I know someone with one of those invisible illnesses, but because I myself have one. I don’t share this information easily. The thing with all of these illnesses is they all share something in common, besides being unseen by the naked eye. They all have the same requirements for fighting back.
1. Surround yourself with positive people. Negativity from others will only help bring you down.
2. Let those positive people help lift you up. They may not have all the answers, but their spirit can give you guidance when you least expect it.
3. Allow their positivity to consume you. It’ll give you the will necessary to fight back.
It took a long time for me to understand these simple rules. Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t have the positive people we need around us. The key then is to cut the negative people loose. This is something I still struggle with, but today I made a decision to let the negativity go. It isn’t the first time in my life and I suspect it may not be the last, but I have enough people with faith in me and enough faith in myself and my God that I am doing the right thing.
Before I pulled this photo, I checked out some of the comments made. A lot of them said the same thing, but there were a few that stuck out. One of them read, “It’s amazing how people have no empathy, but expect you to.” This made a lot of sense to me because people want you to understand and be like them, but refuse to do the same. In the literary world, we call that being hypocritical. It’s the old adage – Do what I say, not what I do. I refuse to be like that. I can show empathy and understanding, but I should have it in return. Our world would be a lot nicer if we all did this.
I’d like for you to share this, but what I’d like more is to know you’ll take a stand and fight against these invisible illnesses. Give someone the benefit of the doubt. After all, I can’t see God, but it doesn’t stop me from believing he exists.
Do you know someone with an invisible illness who needs your positive support? If so, show them you can be someone they can lean on.