NAMI High Country Readers, “Who are we? Where do we go from here?” NAMI High Country has been in existence since the nineties. My knowledge of NAMI began in 2012 and my involvement, soon after my introduction. Consider this newsletter a personal invitation to you to involve yourself in this organization. My personal life demands that I step back from my involvement and applaud you, the next leader, listener and advocate to find your voice within our diverse affiliate; NAMI High Country. We strive to support one another, to support those living with mental illness, to offer optimism, and present reasons to hope. You answer the questions asked by your involvement in NAMI High Country.
I’m “Mom” to a teen with beautiful qualities and a diagnosis that classifies him as one of many with “special needs.” The recent human tragedies and turbulence within the world warrant mourning. Compound the real life woe with added drama played upon the stages where fearful politicians seeking votes feed or quell our fears competing with clearer thoughts within and among us. I am reminded of life’s transient nature. Albert Einstein (1875 – 1955), sometime during his life shared these thoughts: “How strange the lot of us mortals! Each one of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people – first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness are wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies are bound by the ties of sympathy.” Words of wisdom echo into hearts through time, outliving the soul who utters them. NAMI seeks to Listen, Learn, Advocate and Educate. Inspiring, don’t you think? I do.
Leo Buscaglia’s inspiring words remind of the value of friendship, in being an ally to one another. He stated, “The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often, we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the power to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.”
NAMI High Country cares. NAMI National offers the invitation of friendship and reminds you that we are your ally. Please check out: www.nami.org, www.naminc.org and www.namihighcountry.org. We welcome you to join us at our monthly meetings.
-Written by a past NAMI HC Board Member