Rarely do our emotions become so raw and our priorities so clear

stamps placed upside down to show love
Been placing every stamp upside down since the late ’90’s, when my Dad got sick


Rarely do our emotions become so raw and our priorities so clear as when a major wake up call arrives completely unannounced, and completely devastates our sense of normal.

The morning of September 11, 2001 was one of those wake up calls.

The morning of January 24, 2013 -102 days ago – a friend sent me (and many others) an email and then took his life.

While this post is old news, it is being written now, January 26. Real life in real time.

Really hard life in really hard times.

Please pray for everyone who’s ever been exposed to suicide, which is probably all of us.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    I agree – lots of prayers going up to those grieving loss through suicide. Just a couple of weeks ago, I had the sad experience of trying to explain to my 9-year-old boy why one of his Taekwondo mentors (only a boy himself, a junior in high school) decided to take his own life. He only knew he was dead, but didn’t know how. The best I could do was to say that he had been sick, and that was pretty much an acceptable answer for my son, who assumed it was a physical illness that caused him to die. But his was more on the emotional – sick of his life. It breaks my heart.

    I heard a report this weekend that for the baby-boomer generation, suicide has now surpassed automobile accidents for cause of death. Yes, a lot of people are touched by this sadness…my prayers go out.


  2. Bob, thank you. So, so sorry to hear about the High School junior in your community.

    Breaking hearts are everywhere.

    Thank goodness we have God, friends, Family, and Faith, Hope, and Love.

    So simple. So profound.

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