A lasting peace?

A lasting peace? Can it ever be found? And if so, how does one achieve it?

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We all go through tough times, and when we are in the heat of those times, we feel its misery. In fact, I seldom hear people say, “This is the pathway to the life I have longed for.” And for good reason.

Let’s not lie to ourselves – mental pain is ugly. Yes, it’s the hard truth. However, I like to think that it has a purpose. And I don’t think falling on challenging times is designed to make us miserable – at least, not entirely.

When I look back at my journey, for example, I know that it hasn’t been an easy one. What’s more, the rough path I have carved out of this thing called life has left me in a strange place.

Like coming out in a different location than planned after a long day’s hike, my life plan has been re-directed. In fact, I often find myself wondering, “How did I end up here?”

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But after slugging through the thick and untamed wilderness that is life, my destination is far from a miserable one. I mean, I would love to not have PTSD, but as a beautiful lady I know tells me, “It’s not in your hand.” Meaning I can’t control what has happened.

What I can do however, is embrace this beautiful meadow I have walked upon – its lush green grass, dew sparkling in the morning sunlight and the calm – man, it’s heaven.

Even though my angst melts away and my exhaustion becomes apparent, I know that life’s amazing moments won’t last forever. Moreover, my mental health won’t allow for a continuity that brings a lasting peace. It doesn’t work that way.

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While I’ve accepted that I have a small window of tolerance, I know it’s up to me to make the most out of life. Therefore, I must rest, but only for a brief time and then ready myself for a climb. A climb up a mountain that I failed to notice when I first happened upon the clearing.

As I let out a sigh, I stand to my feet, and armed with the knowledge that this climb will be hell. However, I also know that what lies at the top is a change at a whole new beauty. And this time? Well, it just may be the life-long peace I’ve been looking for.

“Please, like me, just keep moving forward. Happiness lies within the trek.”

– Jonathan Arenburg. – A lasting peace?
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A lasting peace?

Jonathan Arenburg

Jonathan Arenburg is a mental health blogger, S speaker, writer, and published author; He is also the host of the mental wellness podcast, #thewellnesstalksHe has also appeared in the i'Mpossible's Lemonade Stand III. He has also been a contributing writer for Mental health talk, a column in his local paper. In addition, he has also written for the mental health advocacy organization; Sick Not Weak.Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health-related podcasts Including: A New Dawn, The Depression Files, Books and Authors, and Men Are Nuts. Since being put off work because of PTSD, Jonathan has dedicated his time to his mental wellness journey while helping others along the way.Educated as an addictions' counsellor, he has dedicated most of his professional life of eighteen years, working with those who have intellectual disabilities, behavioural challenges, and mental illness.He has also spent fifteen years in the volunteer fire service helping his community.His new book (2021), “The Road To Mental Wellness,” goes into detail about his life-long battle with depression, anxiety and more recently, PTSD. In it, he hopes to provide insight on how mental illness cultivates over a lifetime and, if not recognized and treated, how it impacts the entirety of one's life; right from childhood into the adult years. Jonathan lives with his two children in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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