A Letter to Dwain

“Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” ― Robert H. Schuller

Dwain, a name my mother had picked out long before I was born. It was on a Sunday back in 1961. That name doesn’t really describe who I am.

The following is something I have been contemplating in my mind. So, here I go.


You have been through some tough times and survived. You are a survivor of a bad motorbike accident which should have left you a crippled being. You’re a suicide attempt survivor.

Do you remember, you know what the inside of a Mental Health Ward looks like? How about the feeling you had on your very first admission? The feeling that left you sitting in a corner and not interacting with those who were also there. To escape this you basically spent your time in the smoking room. How about the feeling you experienced when you began to open up during the group sessions? It really wasn’t that bad after all.

Why are you starting to beat yourself up, almost cursing each time you have to move? You do understand that the hip replacement will be the start of a better you. Going outside to walk with your dog, Natalie. You will once again be able to do your own shopping. Yes Dwain, it is been a long year being locked away from others, not able to talk with neighbors or jest with the cashier tellers where you shop. You do know that they ask about you every time Stuart goes shopping for you. So, Dwain they really do think about you!

So Dwain, keep reminding yourself the quote from Rev. Robert Schuller; “Tough times don’t last, tough people do. ”! You are going to beat this if you keep yourself in a positive mental attitude!


Your friend,


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  1. ashleyleia

    You’ve certainly overcome a lot so far, so no reason for that to stop now.

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  2. Chel Owens

    Dwain sounds like a fighter to me.

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    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Well, I had to fight(not physical} to make it through my younger years. I guess I could say, “I went to the school of hard knocks”.

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  3. Biggeneralblog

    Thank you for allowing all of us into your intimate thoughts. The letter describes a great man. Great blogging concept of writing a letter to self.

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  4. Angie

    This is a great way to look back and see just how far you’ve come and how strong you are. I love the idea of writing a letter to oneself. I may have to do one myself 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Angie, you should do it. It doesn’t have to be posted, but it brings a new perspective about how you are doing.

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      1. Angie

        Yes, I really do think I’m going to give it a try 🙂

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  5. Mary J Anonymous

    I understand. You’re definitely not alone. And you are victorious. 👏

    Liked by 1 person

    1. rts – Facing the Challenges of Mental Health

      Thank you for your kind words Mary J.! They are greatly appreciated!

      Liked by 1 person

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