Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Wishcasting Wednesday ~ Shine

I decide whether or not to participate in Jamie's WW by how long her questions stick with me during the day or how long it takes for her question to prompt a response from my heart. Today was immediate...

"How do you wish to shine?"

I have spoken many times over the past couple of years about passing on hope to women who struggle with postpartum depression (PPD). Except for psychosis, I experienced every debilitating and real symptom of the illness. There were many, many days that I didn't know if I was going to survive it...or if I even wanted to...and what got me through were my family, friends and medical care givers and their gifts of hope through their words, their touch and their conviction that I would one day be back to my normal self. They shone like bright beacons of life and hope in the abyss of my darkness.

And that's how I wish to shine...I wish to shine HOPE for women who are suffocating in the depths of PPD so that they too know they can make it.

I'm already doing it here and there...and it makes my heart swell with gratitude for the insight into how to triumph this illness...but...I want to shine bigger and brighter and farther because I know it's needed beyond my immediate community.

Yes, I have big dreams for shinning HOPE...

23 comments:

The Fragrant Muse said...

Oh dear WRO, here is yet another area in which we are similar. I too suffered from PPD after the birth of my second son. How I wish I'd known about essential oils back then. You can use your oils along with your passion to help women!

As WRO wishes for herself, so I fragrantly and lovingly wish for her too.

Sulwyn said...

As WRO wishes for herself, so I wish for her also. Having come through my own journey of severe depression, though not PPD, I was grateful for people like you who shone as beacons of survival by thriving and admitting to the dark journey that I was walking at the time.

faerwillow said...

~what a compassionate heart you have...to struggle and come out of darkness is such an amazing triumph you have endured...a beautiful wish I wish along with you...as Wro wishes "to shine bigger and brighter and farther" giving hope to those who need so much so I wish for her too...may you shed light on all those you touch...brightest blessings~

Karen D said...

As WRO wishes for herself, so I wish for her also. May you be a shining beacon of hope for those woman who are struggling with what you have been through.

I'm So Pretty said...

As WRO wishes for herself, so I wish for her also. Having dealt with PPBlues years ago, I seriously admire anyone who can help others in the same confusing and often scary situation!!!!!

Wendy said...

As you wish for yourself, so I wish for you also.
What a lovely wish. May we all shine on others in their time of need.

Lis said...

What a powerful gift to share - Hope. I love this and I love how you are transforming what was darkness into Light for yourself and others. Shine on!

As WRO wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

Jennifer said...

As WRO wishes for herself, so I wish for her also!

What a wonderful way to shine. I have suffered through Clinical Depression many many years ago plus, I feel I suffered from PPD after my first child but didn't even realize it. The world needs more people like you to shine hope in the darkness. I could have used someone like you during my dark period~

My wish is for you SHINE Bright!!!

Lawendula said...

As WRO wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.
Thanks for sharing your shining! xoxo

WrightStuff said...

PPD is so cruel. Why do we women have to suffer like this. You know you have the strength to survive with the love of your family and friends around you and all of us wishcasters backing you up!

Rochelle said...

Oh what a gift to know exactly where you can shine your light! As WRO wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.

Jane said...

There was a line from the movie "Patch Adams" about spreading his enthusiasm like brushfire throughout the community. I see that for you. Helping others is so healing and so very important. Especially depression and PPD.

Jakk said...

As WRO wishes for herself, I wish for her also. Thank you for the powerful support that you provide.

Girlie-Queue said...

As Wild Roaming One wishes for herself, so too do I wish for Wild Roaming One.
~Shamsi♥

defineyourjoy said...

What a wonderful wish, and how vital hope is when you are in that fog and can't see any way out. Just holding on to anything you can get a grip on.

As you wish for yourself to shine with hope, so I wish for you too.

Katrina said...

As WRO wishes for herself so I wish for her also.
You are a beacon of light for those who need it most.

Her Speak said...

As WRO wishes for herself, so I wish also! Such a lush heart you have. :)

Wishing you Much Joy and Many Blissings~*
Molly

Sarah said...

As WRO wishes for herself, I wish for her also!!
Oh Oat..that is beautiful! I was lucky and did not experience this with any of my five..it breaks my heart to see it though. One of my very dearest friends dealt with this. That you may offer up a bit of solice to those who deal with this hon. Having been there sometimes is the very best thing to help others reach out and take your hand! Hugs, Sarah

Kathy said...

Wow - such a powerful and generous wish....As WRO wishes for herself, so I lovingly wish for her as well.

Expressive Hart said...

As WRO wishes for herself, so I wish for her also. You bright light of understanding the journey will indeed be a beacon for others who are struggling with PPD.
Big hugs!

KnittingJourneyman said...

As you wish for yourself, Wild Roaming One, I so wish for you as well.

Sarah Lulu said...

As shining WRO wishes for herself, I so lovingly wish this for her also. xx

sema said...

As WRO wishes for herself, so I wish for her also.