When you save someone’s life you could change the world, not only for yourself and the other person but countless generations to follow. There are many examples of this happening but the one that sticks most in my mind was a story of Abraham Lincoln’s father as a boy. Thomas Lincoln the youngest son of Revolutionary war Captain Abraham Lincoln was working the fields with his father and two brothers, When an arrow flew out of the forest and killed the elder Lincoln in front of his sons. Thomas sat next to his fathers body as his oldest brother Mordecai ran back to the cabin to fetch a rifle. The Native American who killed their father was moving in on an eight year old Thomas when his older brother fired the shot that saved his life. Had Thomas Lincoln died that day he would not have fathered the man who would become the sixteenth president Abraham Lincoln. History would have been very different without President Lincoln.
Saving someone’s life is something some people do everyday. People who can talk others into choosing to life when all they want to do is die is a big example of this. As this is being written it is the first day of National Suicide Prevention Week. Everyday there are more stories of people who have lost all hope and have chosen to end their lives. As someone who was once on that threshold this author wonders, “how did I get so lucky?” A greater purpose maybe, but it is important that some one else on the edge might also have a greater purpose and that could be lost forever. Learn the signs.
- Talking about suicide.
- Seeking out lethal means.
- Having a preoccupation with death.
- No hope for the future.
- Self-loathing or self-hatred.
- Getting their affairs in order.
- Saying goodbye.
- Withdrawing from others.
- Self destructive behavior.
- A sudden sense of calm.
When you see these signs, please do what you can to help even if it’s just giving them the number to the national hotline to find a locally skilled, trained counselor who can help. 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Save someone’s life and change the world.