The secret door

You can’t understand real joy unless you have experienced real pain.

You can’t find joy without compassion for others.

Tragedy brings with it all kinds of struggles and sadness. But it also presents opportunity and a deeper, more meaningful appreciation of joy.

The secret door is a special gift for those of us who’ve experienced an unimaginable loss or tragedy. It’s wisdom and insight.

It was fuzzy at first and came into focus as the months passed after the loss of my son by suicide.  I now see things that I didn’t see before with such beauty and clarity.

The trick to finding the secret door is, quite simply, getting outside your own head. No one can do that 100% of the time. But like anything else, the more you practice it, the better you get at it.

As horrible as the loss of Charles has been, the joy of finding this special gift has given my life new meaning.

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AnneMoss Rogers

AnneMoss Rogers is a mental health and suicide education expert, mental health speaker, suicide prevention trainer and consultant. She is author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW. She raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost her younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. She is a motivational speaker who empowers by educating and provides life saving strategies and emotionally healthy coping skills. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now that's the legacy she carries forward in her son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website.

2 thoughts on “The secret door”

  1. Anne this is so true! Glad you can find some light in the darkness you have felt after losing Charles. But it’s so hard sometimes! Hugs!

  2. so true to get outside our own heads- but yet so so hard-
    Merry Christmas to my brave courageous compassionate friend…

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