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A Beautiful Email from Listener “Fionna”

Hi Paul,

As always, I love the podcast! It helps me tremendously and I look forward to it each week.  I am a singer and an artist and I listen to podcasts like yours while mopping floors and cleaning toilets at my housekeeping day job.

I have been feeling pretty depressed and hopeless for the past couple of days.  Today, as I finished a good hour or two of ruminating about the past and worrying about the future, I decided to try writing a letter of encouragement to myself:

You are stronger than you know.  You have been to hell and back and you are still moving forward.  You have the ability to let it go, to let the past be the past and the future with all its unknowns be the future.  You are here, now, in this moment, and you can use this moment to do good, provide service, create something beautiful, and enrich a life, whether it is your own or someone else’s.  Share your gifts with the world around you and let the world within you grow.

What I wrote made me feel so much better.  I even printed it out and put it on my wall, but I had to share it with you, Paul, because I have huge issues with low self esteem and social anxiety, and though sharing my writing with you is a pretty big risk for me, I know in my heart that it is good and worth sharing.

Thanks again for The Mental Illness Happy Hour.  It is truly a gift.



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