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 Reginald-Nixon Arenburg (Born January 14, 1976) is a Canadian mental health blogger, speaker, and published author. Retired from the fire service and long-term care fields, he has written and self-published an autobiographical account of his life-long battle with anxiety, depression and more recently, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Titled, The Road To Mental Wellness, he wrote it for what he calls “therapeutic release.” He published it in hopes it would help others going through similar mental health conditions. The sales of The Road To Mental Wellness have been steady selling over 300 copies since its release on October 10, 2021(World Mental Health Day). Arenburg has also been involved in a collaborative publication Called Lemonade Stand Volume III, a book featuring 20 authors who bravely tell their stories of PTSD. All authors where from the military and or emergency services. Published by Joshua Rivedal and Kathleen Myers for the i’Mpossible project, a mental health advocacy organization. Jonathan has also appeared on several mental health podcasts including The Depression Files, A New Dawn, and The Above Ground Podcast Arenburg has also consulted with the Government of Nova Scotia and the Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, the Honorable Brian Comer and Candidates for the New Democratic Party of Canada, on improving the mental health care system in Canada. Additionally, Jonathan was recognized in The Nova Scotia Legislature by the Honorable, Chris Palmer, Kings-North MLA, for his Book, The Road To Mental Wellness, his fight to make the mental health care system better. In addition, Chis acknowledged the support he gives to others.

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