One of the Many Reasons Why I Live

As the worship music played, the dancers moved with beautiful, graceful, undulated joyful movements.

The Holy Spirit filled the dancers hearts and souls with joy and love, and they shared and spread it to everyone who watched.

The Holy Spirit filled the atmosphere.

Everyone’s hearts and souls overflowed with the awesome, intense, beautiful and unexplainable feelings of God’s presence, power, love and joy.

This dance was created and choreographed by my oldest daughter Kylie who is 25 years old. She majored in dance and danced professionally for a little while, but decided that teaching and impacting other students lives brings her the greatest joy and love.

This dance was performed last Christmas by Kylie’s students. My daughter Kylie comes out and dances a solo during the middle of the dance and finishes dancing to the song with her students. (I just wanted you to know who she was.) This dance was created to worship and celebrate the beauty, power, grace, mercy, love and joy of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Please watch. Here is the link to the dance. I hope you like it… and I hope it fills your heart with love and joy.

for moments of beauty and joy like this. God has blessed me with three of the most beautiful inside and out children in the world… and two additional children (son in-law and daughter in-law) I love to call my own, who are equally as beautiful and blessed, as well. Thank you, God for blessing me with the greatest gifts and miracles of life.

Finding a Reason to Live When You Have a Mental Illness

written by Becky Oberg

Do you need help finding a reason to live if you have a mental illness? For a long time I did. In spite of having a good treatment team, I just couldn’t snap out of my depressive funks. I was frequently suicidal. Then I found my reason to live. Finding a reason to live when you have a mental illness can be just as vital to your treatment as finding the right medication and finding the right therapist.

My Reason to Live with a Mental Illness Is My Family

As I write this, I’m on the emotional high of becoming an aunt for the fifth time. My nephew doesn’t even have a name yet, but I love him and have nicknamed him “my little blank slate.” He reminds me of the need for a blank slate in life – for a chance to start over.

My oldest nephew is five now. When he was born, something happened. I could no longer feel suicidal without thinking of my nephews and niece. I didn’t want my brothers to explain to them why Aunt Becky had killed herself. It was hard enough for me to explain that I was sick and it wasn’t going to go away. I wanted to see them grow up. I wanted to live.

My reason to live with a mental illness was my family. Not everyone gets along with their biological family. Mine was emotionally abusive and we didn’t reconcile until after I got out of college. But I define family as “a group of people who love and accept each other more than they deserve.” In that case, maybe your friends are your family. Everyone is entitled to a family – choose wisely. Finding a reason to live in family is just one of many options.

Possible Reasons to Live When You Have a Mental Illness

  1. You’ve found something that gives you joy and you can’t do it if you’re dead.
  2. It might get better (something I would tell my middle school self if I could go back in time).
  3. You want to prove everyone wrong.

“I have seen the stars and felt small. I have watched the ants and felt huge. I have seen children and felt old, or grandparents and felt young. I can live a year and feel that only seconds went by, or look someone in the eyes lose myself in them forever. I live to feel all I can feel and enjoy the simplest things with all my heart.”  ~anonymous

You have to find a reason to live with a mental illness. And that reason can be anything you want. Finding a reason to live is vital to recovering from mental illness. 

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All Choreography – Copyright © By Kylie Williams 2017

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