I Praise God and Applaud

A person who is a fraud,

we should never applaud.

Their goal in life is to deceive,

deception is what they achieve.

When they shop they get no receipt

for their shopping is done with deceit.

Illegal fraudulent behavior is wrong,

in society it should never belong.

I have deceived too, but deception of a different kind,

disguising my illness caused by the disease in my mind.

Masquerading my pain, so I will blend in with my daily livin’

needing to function, survive and cope with the life I was given.

The greeting between two,

of “hello and how are you”

is not always the place or time to speak the full truth of your day.

A quick reply that you are fine is what you know they want you to say.

So, quickly you respond back with “I am fine,” but you know you have lied,

because sometimes you have intense debilitating pain, feeling like you’ve died.

There is a time and a place to be open, honest and truthfully speak

about your story and mental illness. It is not a sign you are weak,

but instead shows strength and is necessary for your recovery to peak.

I will continue to educate and share love and the joy in my voice,

as I speak about mental illness, until others understand and rejoice,

learning that people with mental illness are good, smart, fabulous and strong.

We should never be shamed or blamed for our illness. That is hurtful and wrong.

Stigmatizing words must stop too.

I speak and I write. That is what I do,

and I will continue to do until stigma ends.

We all must unite with love and make amends.

I pray and praise God.

He is the one I applaud.

“Praise God, everybody! Applaud God, all people! His love has taken over our lives; God’s faithful ways are eternal. Hallelujah!”   Psalm 117:1-2

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