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Mike is often posed with some great questions about life, dreams, and happiness. Some are very personal, while others are general. These questions are often the kind we've all wrestled with in our lives, sometimes deducing our own answers, other times not. Since many of these questions are universal, Mike began posting answers here so that others might benefit from the correspondence.*

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Question of the Day


Help... I'm feeling suicidal

Dear Mike, I got out of the hospital 3 days ago (I had severe chest pains). My cats and I will be on the streets very soon. I have no job, no friends, I've never even had a girlfriend. My art exhibits again next week but I'm broke. I'd love to move to California but I have bad credit because someone stole my ID years ago. I never get hired by women when interviewed, even though I'm very articulate. Where do I go from here? I'm thinking seriously of committing suicide very soon. I've just got to find a home for my cats. I know that's weird, but there's no place to go now, not even going "within" works. Any last cutting-edge advice? Any programs I should listen to?

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Even living in the streets or in a shelter would be better than giving up the greatest gift of all. You...
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Question of the Day


Help... I'm feeling suicidal

Dear Mike, I got out of the hospital 3 days ago (I had severe chest pains). My cats and I will be on the streets very soon. I have no job, no friends, I've never even had a girlfriend. My art exhibits again next week but I'm broke. I'd love to move to California but I have bad credit because someone stole my ID years ago. I never get hired by women when interviewed, even though I'm very articulate. Where do I go from here? I'm thinking seriously of committing suicide very soon. I've just got to find a home for my cats. I know that's weird, but there's no place to go now, not even going "within" works. Any last cutting-edge advice? Any programs I should listen to?

Answer


Even living in the streets or in a shelter would be better than giving up the greatest gift of all. You have talents and are as special as anyone. If you haven't found them, then take a rest from looking and just "be." Don't try too hard to hit a "home run." Stick with some of the simplest jobs, be kind and respectful to everyone there, and do darn good work. Make yourself valuable, at least to yourself, and be proud of the work you do. Try not to be critical of others, on the inside they may be suffering as much as you. And keep from labeling yourself and your life. Just because you haven't had a girlfriend, doesn't mean you won't have one. And just because a woman hasn't ever hired you, doesn't mean that that day won't come. The same for steady work, or whatever other challenges you've faced so far. Don't keep defining your present life with your past. Every day you're a new person, and every day there are new opportunities.

It's always worth hanging on, things can change so fast for the better, in the twinkling of an eye. It only takes one new person, one new "break," one new job, one new idea, and NOTHING will ever be the same for you. Then, the time will quickly come when you won't even remember that you ever felt so lost and confused. But change can't come when you give up, and you'll never know just how close you were. Change also won't come as quickly if you keep labeling yourself and reminding yourself of your history. You must press on, and look forward, no matter how dark, and remember that complaining, doubting, and choosing to dwell on the darkness, will only prolong your pain.

Give thanks that you've had the strength to hold on this long, and give thanks now, in advance, every single day, for your swiftly returning good fortune (whether or not you can even see a light at the end of the tunnel). Insist that it's at hand, look for it, think of what it will be like, anticipate it, and prepare the way.

Your happiness and a newfound life are so much closer than you think. But if this is too hard for you to believe, then cry if you have to cry, worry if you have to worry, just do those other things too - even through the tears, your rebirth will be as inevitable as the changing of the seasons. Then, as now, you'll be able to help others who've chosen as challenging a life as you have, and you will help them remember that it needn't be as difficult as it's been.

I know that if you quit, you'll regret it (you don't think that you just extinguish your awareness forever, do you?), and just as surely, I know that if you hang in there, you will be more profoundly glad for your persistence than you can now comprehend. If nothing else, look at it like this: You're going to leave this existence one day anyway, as we all do, and in some regards, it will be forever. Forever is a long, long time. You might have another couple of decades here, but more than a couple of trillion decades in the next place. Surely, then, it couldn't hurt to keep living a relatively tiny bit longer here, however difficult, particularly knowing that when you made the choice for a life on earth (though you don't remember it now), you did so from the pinnacle of divine awareness - knowing how challenging it might be, yet still knowing, from that perspective, that it would be worth it.

You are loved. You're never alone. Turn within and ask for the help and strength you need. Demand it, knowing that for those very thoughts and the faith that you are heard, mountains will move. I know you said you can't even go within anymore, so don't ask yourself, ask "the highest within you." And don't expect a thunderclap answer. Your life will gradually change, and it will happen fastest if you stop looking for quick results; "a watched pot never boils!"

Lastly, if you're curious, let me tell you what you'll find on the other side, whether sooner or later. You'll find such hope and love and joy that a human mind could not comprehend it, and you'll see that it bathes every living thing on earth as it does in "heaven." You'll be welcomed home with adoration and immeasurable respect, and all will have the deepest empathy for your recent trials and tribulations. You will be exalted, and your experiences and wisdom will be treasured by the mass consciousness for eternity. But you'll also find there are other celebrations going on, and the greatest of these will be for the most brilliant, radiant, and illuminated souls in the entire Universe; all about to embark upon the greatest adventure ever imagined by "God"... into the sacred, hallowed jungles of time and space, where hearts can be broken, yet where dreams do come true; and where their enlightenment will be taken to a whole new level and salvation guaranteed, not for what they do with their lives, but for simply seeing them through.

About programs to listen to - I don't know if you need programs. Just begin seeing the magic of life all around you. And if, for now, you don't see it in yourself (even though it's there in great abundance), then look to nature: to the sky, to the green things, and to your deserving cats.

About finding a job - keep trying, keep trying, keep trying, keep trying, keep trying, and don't EVER stop. Tomorrow, or even later today, could be "the" day.

Hang in there, it will pass!
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