History has been made by people who faced mental illness. With their greatness came suffering. The ages would remember how they fought for the collective good. These were not perfect people, but they kept going in spite of their suffering. Just when they thought that they could go no further, they took one more step. Oftentimes they failed, and other times they didn't. In spite of their personal pain they kept going, inspiring others to do the same. Their greatness came from overcoming obstacles, not avoiding them. We too are destined for greatness, but our journey will not be free from struggle either. In fact it may be harder than it is easy. There is a greatness in each one of us that needs to be acknowledged, that yearns to be loved--a deep knowing that we have inside of us. We reach inward for the wisdom that is ours. As we reach out for hope, we let go of fear. We are part of something greater than ourselves. This life is about you and me finding our way back home--where we began with our perfect self.
Hope is what I hang onto when everything else tells me to let go. And it's easy to forget there's hope when you're going through hell. I'm living proof that hope is worth believing. All of the suffering I've experienced has prepared me for the present moment.
It feels like change is in the air - I'm seeing smoke signals everywhere. 2,000 high school students elected to attend my presentation at Bozeman High School. While attendance was not mandatory, students led the way by embracing a message of hope and human connection inspiring each other to be there. They were an amazing audience and the connection in the room was tangible. What a great kick-off to a Spring full of schools. I am excited to connect with students and staff at schools across the state as the Montana Schools Tour begins again. The Montana Schools Tour is presented by the Montana Office of Public Instruction, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Foundation. The tour is sponsored by the Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery at Montana State University, and the Gilhousen Family Foundation.