I've had a couple of conversations this week that led to some interesting thoughts. Whether you work in law enforcement or are in the military, when you sign up for a profession like that, you are in the position to say that you are willing to sacrifice your life for another. You are trained to be willing to lay your life on the line for your families, the greater public, your fellow men or women, and people you don't even know.
When it comes to dealing with yourselves, that training of sacrifice is ever present, so it's easy to think maybe life would be easier for others without you. This is not the case. You have been trained to give up your life for another, this time around, it's not about giving your life up for others.........this time it's about fighting for your own life for yourself and for others. The empty space that is left when one decides to end their life is now an extensive trauma of those who are left behind. The empty space that is your life is not better for anyone and certainly not better for you.
You once were willing to sacrifice your life for another, take on the mission of being willing to save your own life for another. You matter. Take up some space in your life. Allow yourself to expand. Your presence is needed because as you heal, you will encourage others. We are never better off without you. You are our protectors and we need you to also protect and defend you.