Cindy Novotny

Living with Greater Courage

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It is very difficult for me to write my blog today.  As most of you have heard, I held off on my blog last week because my dear son-in-law passed away.  With that being said, I knew I had to deal with it but I also needed to focus on the light.  I believe John Kane’s passing has touched the world.  He brought light to what so many people sadly struggle with.  John’s work with the PTSD Foundation and Camp Hope helped so many combat veterans deal with so many problems.  Earlier this week, Camp Hope held a beautiful service in honor of our beloved John Kane.  During this service, I was touched deeply when listening to the stories about how my son-in-law saved people’s lives.  He truly was one of a kind.

I had no prior experience in dealing with this.  Now I know so many people who have struggled at different times in their life.  Because of this and all the stories I have heard, we must slow down.  Pay closer attention to our family, our friends, our neighbors and colleagues.  Someone standing right in front of you could be struggling, and by you paying attention could give them a hope they feel is missing.

A month ago when I was working in the UK, the entire country was focusing on mental health for the entire week I was there.  I was shocked when I read all of the information about how many people suffer with mental health issues, and most of them never fully confront their issues until it is too late.

I believe we need to continue to bring this topic into the light of day.  To show that it is not something that should be whispered about, ashamed of or only discussed with therapists.  We all need to find the courage to help those around us who may be battling demons – realize that everyone has something going on.

There always seems to be a wake-up call that gives people the ability to make major life changes, but for some it is too late.  So what can you do?

1. Start having real conversations with your loved ones.

2. Develop positive thoughts to share with people you know have some issues.

3. Live a great life – Live one day at a time.

4. Don’t let society push you in the wrong direction.

5. Take charge of your destiny and know that the truth will always win.

I also want to take a minute and thank all of you for your kind words, thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time.  I am so blessed to have such a beautiful and strong daughter and blessed that she has one amazing angel watching over her.

 “Life is no brief candle to me.  It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to the future generations.”... George Bernard Shaw