Protecting Mental Health

Why am I writing? Just because

It helps me most and is the gauze

Bandaids for my inner pain

Mental anguish in my brain


The world in crisis yes it’s true

But in my mind there is one too

I was fine, I was ok

Now I have to face this day


When once before I cherished this

Away from life I lived amiss

In depression, ptsd

Some of life was gone to me


Years of work and gentle healing

The ghosts of past, they were leaving

When in hope I did find rescue

To the world I would join you


And now I feel the fear again

Oh I quickly get my pen

Here I write every word

To you they might seem absurd


Grazing through the minutes now

Fighting thoughts that hurt somehow

The deadly walking looking for

My life that I fought so hard for


Not because I had wanted

It was something that just haunted

For some control I did not have

So please try now not to laugh


The anguish and the torment

Feet Laden in cement

It’s not easy to refuse

When the size just fits your shoes


It’s sensitive in nature

And not a pretty picture

The life and my story

Isn’t full of glory


Now another crisis is facing everyone

Can you just imagine, if you’re the only one

What many go alone through

The crisis triggers now to you


If I can lend a hand and help in any way

The only gift I have, are the words and what they say

The deck of cards in life, the probability

It really is amazing, when you forgive and let it be


The barbaric acts of others are heinous and wrong

Shame inside becomes, something very strong

The biggest lesson learned, the hardest just to do

Was entering my heart and loving myself too


The greatest of all powers and most important too

Is letting that there love, believe in your value

The armour that you wear defends all of your wealth

Heart’s only ammunition is protecting mental health



Paula Goodman
I am a deep thinker, lover of thoughts, an aspiring writer sharing my words. In sharing, I am caring. I am a member of the human race with an appetite to motivate, inspire, empower and provoke thinking. I am compelled to a vision that we are all here for a reason, life is like a deck of cards... “My cards. My deal. Life is learning the game!” #opism What is OPISM? I have come up with this term as my nickname is Op and they are my own quotes representing a moral doctrine belief system. Thus...Op+ism=Opism. #opism. My professional experience is disbursed across industries from financial services and sales to that of personal and emergency care. As one who has trained and coached, mentored and taught; it has become a passion within to witness and feel joy in the achievement and success of others that I have been associated with. I am a lifelong learner and have created and facilitated various training materials. It is through such experience that I discovered the power of positive feedback in both professional and personal manners. I am self-disciplined, accountable, determined, humble, loyal and adaptive; but above all, I value my integrity! I am a decent human being. It is with my greatest pleasure to share with others the power of positive words.




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