Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Where You Be On That Tree?

I get a fair amount of emails that relate to mental health well being. They send me encouragement, support, understanding and gratitude. I'm touched by it all and experience a wide range of emotions. They appreciate my willingness to speak openly, transparently of my own mental health issues. Issues that are only a small part of who I am. There's a lot of pain out there. There's also a lot of hope.

At the bottom of this posting, if you so wish, are the backlinks that relate to mental health well being. If you're struggling, might desire some positive reinforcement, the backlinks may well be of help.
I have worked for a number of mental health charities, ran a men's group for the homeless, the rough sleepers and worked as a drugs counsellor, primarily with those who were addicted or worried about their alcohol intake.

The above illustration was sometimes used in discussion.  In a way, it fits into that ongoing, Tree of Life: Branching Out, collaboration. I will state, before somebody mentions it, the above illustration is not of Casper the friendly ghost and a collection of his spirited friends. Which means, if you ask which one is Casper, don't ask. Which means someone will now ask.

Just out of interest, think which one represents you on that tree and what that signifies.  .

Below are the links to the previous postings in chronological order. I hope, if you've never read them before, or want to reread them, they will be of some comfort. Thank you and remember, through awareness, through understanding, reaching out and helping each other, we can realise a better world.

We Are All In This Together.

Recognising Our Validity.

Improving Your Self-Esteem.


A Motivational Goal.

110 comments:

  1. I am a tree climber. I am working hard at my health goals.

    I like this poster. I think everyone can relate to one of these guys. It helps you think about where you are and where you're going.

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    1. Hi Robin,

      I like your answer. Of course, the poster can really make us think about where we see ourselves in our own lives and in the lives of others.

      Thank you, Robin.

      Gary

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  2. Your struggles have meant you can benefit so many.
    I think I'm the one at the bottom helping another into the tree. At least, I try to be.

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    1. Hi Alex,

      You are quite correct, good sir. I do like to think that my experiences can help others. Especially those who think they are on their own.

      From my personal perception, that it most assuredly you.

      Thank you, Alex.

      Gary

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  3. O.k, which one is....oooops, never mind :P

    Seriously, though, I think helping others can be a treatment in and of itself.

    I'll have to check out your other posts on the subjects.

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    1. Hi Mark ,

      Ha ha! :)

      Indeed, help others and we can help ourselves.

      I hope, if you have the chance, you might find those other postings of interest.

      Thank you, Mark.

      Gary

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  4. I think I'm the one with my back turned.

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    1. Hi Delores,

      I wonder what you are looking at.

      Thank you, Delores.

      Gary

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  5. Oh, I can see myself on that tree Gary, but dare I tell where I am right now? Great picture and I won't mention Casper.
    I always appreciate how honest and open you are with your mental health, and the way you spend time encouraging and helping other people. Mental health is a big issue still with stigmas attached and people really need to be educated about it. When I have some time I will definitely check out the links you left.

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    1. Hi Rum-Punch Drunk,

      No need to tell me. You know where you are. I also know you are awake at an unearthly hour, much like me. Thank you for not mentioning Casper :)

      Thank you and I'm trying to show that there need be no shame in having mental health concerns. The stigma still surrounding mental health issues will, like you state, be reduced by education. I hope you will have a look at the links when you have a moment.

      Thank you, my friend.

      Gary

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  6. Hmm, there's no dragons in that tree. Should I understand they're not allowed up or I'm the first to ask for membership? :)

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    1. Hi Al,

      If you wish it to be dragons in that tree, then so be it. All creatures are allowed up the tree. Membership is free and open to all :)

      Thank you, Al.

      Gary

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  7. Mental issues can also be masked as hormonal disorders, co-dependency and PTSD. Those three are serious issues in the life of three people I love and you're right nurturing is always helpful but it wears me out. I kind of like the idea of Caspar helping everyone in a 'spiritual' way--sight unseen--like a ghost. Hugs to you because you are strong, kind and respectful of others.

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    1. Hi Eve,

      Oh yes and we could get into the whole nature, nurture aspects of it. Environmental, genetics, or a combination of both. I totally concur with you, dear friend. It can be draining, emotionally and physically. The irony I found was that when I worked for one mental health charity, it actually reinforced my mental health issues. The balance between nurturing and looking after ourselves, is so fragile.

      I love your Casper analogy. Thank you for your kind, encouraging words, Eve.

      Gary

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    1. Hi Susan,

      Likewise, Susan, likewise. And no egg jokes. How about that. Then again, my head's too scrambled to think of any.

      Thank you, Susan.

      Gary

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  9. I suffer from depression and I'm taking medication for it. I'm doing better than I was, for which I'm truly grateful - not everyone responds well to meds. Even so, I have to admit that I can't bear to look at that tree to pin down which figure is me. Not right now. Maybe some day.

    You intrigue me, Gary. Rock on with your nurturing self. :-)

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    1. Hi Mina,

      As best I can, I'm here for you. I try to live with, rather than suffer from my clinical depression. Not easy, as you know all too well. It can be so debilitating that it's a daunting task just getting out of bed. Yet we do it. Meds can be vital to many. Yet, like you say, they are not conducive for everyone with mental health issues. Positive distractions and resources, healthy eating and healthy thinking, are all part of trying to live with it.

      I understand you not wanting to look at the image. This was purely an exercise that could be used or not. It has told you something, my dear friend.

      You, likewise, fascinate. I share with you the powerful gift of empathy.

      In peace and hope, your friend,

      Gary :)

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  10. I've been various of those figures at different times in my life. But one image caught my eye in particular. When I was a kid, a boy who lived down the street and I used to play for hours on a rope tied to a tree branch, swinging on it and pretending we were Tarzan. I did a pretty good Tarzan yell, if I do say so myself. So your drawing has taken me on a little trip down memory lane, thanks!

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    1. Hi Debra,

      I suppose many of us can relate to many of the figures in the image. I love the way it instilled that memory of your childhood. Such a positive thing and it got you back into the swing of things. I can almost hear your Tarzan yell. I'd be George of the Jungle..watch out for that tree....!

      A delightful outcome and thank you for sharing your memory.

      Gary :)

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  11. Very uplifting post, Gary! I have to say, that marvelous tree image could easily depict our merry band of writers--working together, encouraging one another, supporting each other *or, it could be all of us trying to build a tree-house after polishing off several pitchers of margaritas*

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    1. Hi Samantha,

      Thank you and I was hoping it would be uplifting. Got folks to think about it. You like how I incorporated the Tree of Life into this. There is a direct connection with the above image and the interaction, the diversity, the emotions and perceptions of all involved. A tree house of thoughts and inspiration. Some intoxicated by it all. Cheers!

      Gary :)

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  12. Hey Gary,

    (Yes, sigh, I can be sensible sometimes.)

    I think the one that "appealed" to me the most was the Casperian gentleman, standing next to his wife with his hands on his son's shoulders - at least that's how I perceived the three.

    It reminds me of my struggles to be a good father (and husband) but it also gives me hope - as they seem to be smiling :)

    Thanks for an awesome share - especially as we have someone close in the family suffering from severe mental illness - so I shall definitely be reading those articles.

    Love ya like a bruddah from another muddah :)

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    1. Hey Mark,

      I'm truly touched by your thoughtful and I know, deep meaning comment.

      You being the best father and husband you can be, seems to have given you some slight concern. Yet the smiles affirm that you, my friend, do well :)

      I hope, when you find some time, that you do check out those links. Mental illness is very misunderstood and with further understanding, we can see the stigmas attached, gradually removed. I know that support, encouragement and a non-judgemental attitude, is a gift that is embraced by someone with mental health concerns. It really can happen to anyone and yes, there need be no shame.

      You are a good man, bruddah Mark.

      Gary :)

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  13. I'm the one at the top of the tree to the right - alone but watching all around her! :-)

    Take care
    x

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    1. Hi Old Kitty,

      A cat at the top of the tree to the right. Quick, call the fire brigade! LOL

      Gary
      x

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  14. I wasn't sure who I was (though I did consider the one falling out of the tree, I fall down a lot) I find bits of myself in all of them and in the course of a day I can be several different people. But I guess that's the wonderful thing. I have the freedom to express all my bits and pieces and I'm not trapped in any one place.

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    1. Hi S.P.,

      Your analogy and your perceptions of this are very enlightening. I respect your healthy approach. The main thing is that this does make us think about ourselves and how we relate to others.

      Gary :)

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  15. I can't see one which represents me: one peeing behind the tree.
    Because that's what I'll be doing starting tomorrow when I go camping.
    But, if I had to pick, maybe the one of the guy standing on the board....? He looks happy, but doesn't quite trust the tree to keep him up.
    Hmm...wonder if that's an accurate psychological profile of me and how I view life?
    I'd rather be peeing.

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    1. Mr. Penwasser,

      Thus, that will be you piddling behind yon tree. Just make sure you've actually got out of the tent, or whatever you are camping in.

      A diving board, perhaps. Perhaps the branch will break or bend.

      This is whatever you want it to be. And being of a certain age, you've just reminded me that I've got to go to the can, man...

      Gary :)

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  16. I think it was destiny that brought us together. I'm up near the top of the tree. Thanks, Gary.

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    1. Hi Joylene,

      Destiny as I'm enjoying your view near the top of the tree. Thank you, Joylene.

      Wishing you peaceful times.

      Gary :)

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  17. Very interesting. Think I'll go climb a tree.
    I am prob the one sitting alone high on the tree branch. I seek to be alone the older I get and I yearn for nothing. I don't need the complications of others any more and I just enjoy sitting and watching. Now, I'm going out to cultivate my garden. Voltaire said that, long before I did. Ha

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    1. Hi Manzanita,

      I'll come join you in the tree.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. I bet you enjoy the view without the distractions. Have fun with your garden. Your heart and soil know this.

      Gary :)

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  18. Gary, having grown up in a home where mental health was the unspoken issue, I so appreciate your courage and the heart that wants to reach out to others and validate them and reach to them in their isolation. You are a hero.

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    1. Hi Julie,

      It seems that mental health can be a bit of a taboo subject. Some see it as a form of weakness. I see it as a form of understanding that we need not be ashamed. Mental illness can be a lonely place. I shall always reach out and let those who are in pain, know that they need not be alone. I thank you so much for your supportive words, Julie. We can all be heroes.

      Gary :)

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  19. Casper, I was going to say Gumby. Or that walking cookie guy there. Hmmmm I probably be the one getting pushed out of the tree as I pissed someone off lol

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    1. Hi Pat,

      I thought Gumby was green. Not one to get Pokey over it, however. Aha. Perhaps the Pilsbury Doh, Man! Or maybe you get pissed on under the tree after you pissed someone off! He he and oops...

      Gary :)

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  20. I feel like all of them, all the time.
    Thanks, Gary. You are wonderful.

    xoRobyn

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    1. Hi Robyn,

      A lady of many perspectives, emotions and senses towards others.

      Thank you, Robyn. You are the worderfullest! :)

      Gary :) x

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  21. You are indeed a good chap . . . . .

    As for me, my BARK is worse than my bite . . . HAH HAHAH HAH HH AH HAH AH HAH AH AH HA HAH HA HAH AH HA HAH HAH AH HAH AH AH AH HA HHAH H H AH HA HAH ah ah ah ha ha ha hhah.

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    1. Hi Rob,

      From one good chap to another, me thinks.

      A treemendous response, my kind friend. The Oak's on me!

      HAH HAHAH HAH HH AH HAH AH HAH AH AH HA HAH HA HAH AH HA HAH HAH AH HAH AH AH AH HA HHAH H H AH HA HAH ah ah ah ha ha ha hhah. And then some.....

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  22. You're an inspiration Gary. I don't tell you that often enough but you really are.

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    1. Hi Keith,

      You are most kind, good sir. I also know that through a moment of trauma, you recently experienced examples of humanity bonding together. Strangers hugging strangers in a shared ethos. Inspiration breeds inspiration.

      Thank you, Keith.

      Gary :)

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  23. You are an inspiration and support to many, Gary. Mental health issues are all too often misunderstand or ignored.

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    1. Hi Suzanne Furness,

      I'm truly heartened by your comment. You are so right. We all have to understand that mental health issues can happen to anybody. Thank you, Suzanne.

      Gary :)

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  24. Gary:
    What a lovely post!!! I appreciate reading your kind and supportive words. You are a gift.
    Many blessings to you,
    Suzanne

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    1. Hi Suzanne Bean,

      Thank you very much. I know we can all be here for each other. That is a profound, powerful gift we share.

      Bless you, Suzanne.

      Gary :)

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  25. I thought they looked like Sasquatches.

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    1. Hi JoJo,

      Perhaps a Sasquatch without a suntan aka Yeti! :)

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  26. What an interesting question Gary. I have to go now, but I will come back to pay close attention to this and will let you know which ghost represents me.
    Love this post.

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    1. Hi Julia,

      A question posed that doesn't have to be responded to. I leave that up to you, if you so wish to say. They do kinda' look like ghosts. It's all becoming clear :)

      Thank you, Julia.

      Gary :)

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  27. what I love so much about this tree is it is full of HOPE!

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    1. Hi Caren,

      The tree of HOPE! I like that :)

      Gary :)

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  28. Well, I certainly wouldn't be directly under everybody on that tree if you know what I mean! Nor would I be at the top as I'm not particularly thrilled about heights.

    All jokes aside, I don't know where I'd be on the tree to be honest. Out on a limb with my back turned I suspect (no pun intended).

    Oh, and which one is Casper the ghost? :)


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    1. Gidday Wendy,

      I wonder what they might do from the tree? Top of the tree is not for thee. Although, you wouldn't have to worry about anybody below you. Then again, there might be some birds overhead and well...

      I wonder what you might just see out on a limb with your back turned..

      Casper is the one you can see right through :)

      Take care, Wendy.

      Gary :)

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  29. Hi Gary.
    I feel identified with two of them.
    One of the men climbing and one whose back is on us, meditating and looking at the unknown...
    I wrote a poem called Two women inside one a few days ago, so I think those two beings represent the two women of my poem.

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    1. I am also like the little guy who helps the one who is climbing.

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    2. Hi Julia,

      Bless you for returning.

      I'm loving the connection between your poem and such aspects from the tree. I know that the image can stir and that makes for reflection.

      That is most certainly you, my friend. Always there to help and support. Thank you, Julia.

      A peaceful, happy weekend to you.

      Gary :)

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  30. Super post! Super. I am on the third branch on the right, with occasional visits to the tree house. Super.

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    1. Hi Susan,

      Thank you and the post is the illustration. Hope you have some lemonade in the tree house!

      Have a lovely weekend, Susan.

      Gary :)

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  31. Very interesting!

    I think right now I'm the one at the top, on the right, sitting on the small branch, arms folded across my knees - sort of waiting for the next shoe to fall, or the branch to break! :)

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    1. Hi Yolanda,

      And your answer is very interesting!

      If the shoe does fall, perhaps the branch wont break because the shoe was rather heavy :)

      Wishing you a peaceful, hopeful weekend, Yolanda.

      Gary :)

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  32. I know people who suffer from mental illness, but they refuse to address it out of embarrassment. The first step to getting well is accepting you have a condition. It's so frustrating. I mean no one is embarrassed to admit they have diabetes...why not treat illnesses of the mind with the same understanding?

    Hugs Gary. Google plus you to the plus degree.

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    1. Hi Elizabeth,

      Indeed and part of the problem is those with mental illness may well be ashamed that they will be considered weak and have judgement passed on them. Through continued awareness, comes further understanding. First step is to admit you've got a problem. I like to think I have a solution. And part of that solution is living with, rather than suffering from my mental illness.

      The stigma that's attached to mental health concerns, sadly means that folks wont admit it. The media has a lot to answer for in this. They sensationalise mental illness and use the rare cases of folks who did terrible things, to tar to many with the same unfair brush. People will admit to "acceptable" illnesses. And yet, mental illness, not as obvious as a broken leg, is very misunderstood.

      Your thoughts and wise words are spot on, Elizabeth.

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    2. "...considered weak and have judgement passed on them."
      That's my ex husband, he is so afraid that people will think he is a "nuffy" (his word) a retarded person, a mentally deficient man. I try to help him, he has a psycholgist and a psychiatrist too, he's been stubborn about opening up and accepting help for many years, but I think the latest psychologist is getting through to him. He needs to open up about his childhood when he was so terrified so much, but won't. I've only heard hints. still, he seems happier more often.

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  33. Oh, and I would like to be the happy Casper looking up at the tree and watching, but I often feel like I'm the one holding the feet of the climbers.

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    1. Aha, Elizabeth part two :)

      I would think from what you have said that you are happy in your support of others as you watch them progress.

      Thank you, Elizabeth.

      And a happy weekend to you and those beloved climbers.

      Gary :)

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  34. I think I'm both Caspers at the top. Sometimes, everything goes well and I'm happy where I am. Other times, I become aware of how high I can fall and how far out on a limb I've put myself. It's scary.

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    1. Hi Misha,

      Those are Casper figures? :) The view from the top comes with an awareness that your happy view can slip up, go a bit too far out on the limb. It seems you are maintaining a healthy, cautious balance.

      A happy weekend to you, Misha.

      Gary :)

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  35. Hi Gary - I do help others ... and still do - with a car problem, a lady here - who I advised not to go out and drove her to the hairdressers (at least she was safe and feeling easire by then), then up at the Nursing Centre ... "where have you been?" .. lovely to be 'worried about' ...

    Just the brain is so busy for now but better that way than twiddling my thumbs ...

    I've had my dark moments - thankfully I sit on the positive side of life ...

    With many thoughts to all with challenges ...

    Have a peaceful weekend .. Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary,

      I most certainly know of your generous nature. The sense of caring you share, I can see, makes you feel good about yourself. And those moments of magic when acknowledgement comes your way. Gives one a nice feeling of warmth. I know I always appreciate the interaction we share. You are a good lady and a pleasure to know you. This is echoed by so many.

      Keeping busy with positive distractions certainly is better than thumb-twiddling. Although, I did take an advanced course in thumb-twiddling.

      I know you focus on the positives in your life. We learn from those dark moments.

      Yes, to those are struggling, I share your wishes.

      A peaceful weekend to you, dear lady.

      Gary

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  36. You know I'm all over that tree. Where, depends on the day and what's happening with my mom or my kids or my husband or one of those #!@%!!! books. Will I be the caretaker today? Will she have fallen? Is that what the call is about? OR Will the kids have a crisis-car breakdown, missed flight, illness? Will my husband be okay today or not so well? And then that book. . .Is the new one going in the right direction? Did I make any sales last week on the one I published in '12?

    What's really sweet is waking up to find that everything is in place for the moment and I can have my coffee and finish reading a book I'm loving before I have to hit the road and meet the new day. That's when I'm on the top of that tree of yours-singing!

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    1. Hi Lee,

      I'm reading that you're multi-tasking and you are on every conceivable branch going. Quite the balancing act. Quite the range of emotions and concerns. So many different aspects to your life. So many questions and then comes the time to find that blissful moment of relaxation. That moment where it's just you and writing. Or reading writing.

      What a fine moment when you get that quality time, that reflective time before you go out that door and meet up with your fans. Me thinks you most definitely sing it from the treetops.

      Thank you for such an enlightening comment, Lee.

      A great weekend to you and your loved ones.

      Gary

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    2. Thanks, Gary. Those branches are there for a reason, right? Have to take advantage of whichever one you happen to land on at any given moment. Thank goodness there's tree at all. It gives us something to hold on to and to climb.

      Seems trees are in my life a lot this month. There has to be a reason for that. :-)

      Happy end of week to you and Penny.

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    3. Hi Lee,

      Thanks for the follow up comment. Absolutely, those branches can be a source of comfort, or a source of concern, of contemplation. Each branch, a decision and what direction we choose from there.

      Well said, dear lady. Trees are there for you. And grape vines shade the fish. It's good.

      Penny and myself, her alleged human, wish you and your loved ones, a peaceful weekend.

      Gary :)

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  37. Hey Gary,
    I just read your comment at Robin's. Hahahaha...... Hot summer in the city..... Boy, did she hit the nail right on. That song brought memories. Perhaps for you too. Aren't you glad that we didn't always sit on the edge of the tree branch and watch others. Now when we sit there we can smile and ponder our secrets.
    Getting all geared up for your blog-fest. Yee haw

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    1. Hey Manzanita,

      "What a day for a daydream, what a day for.." Where was I, oh yeah, "do you believe in magic..." Then John Sebastian decided to, "Welcome Back Kotter."

      Yes, it most certainly brought back some memories to me also. Robin is most perceptive! Yes, we both smile and ponder our secrets. Of course, I wont mention my pink stilettos :)

      Blog Fest? Argggghhhh!!!

      Y'all take care, you hear?

      Gary :)

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  38. Right now? Honestly, I'm the one hanging on for dear life to the end of the rope. This summer has about done me in with medical procedures, the frustration of dealing with idiotic "customer service agents" at my insurance company and at my mail-order pharmacy. I've also had to deal with being investigated for my son's accident where he fell on the stairs and sprained his hand. The insurance company at first denied the claim. It's all too much to take for someone using all her energy not to fall from the rope. Actually, I feel like I'm much higher in the tree, in other words, I'd fall much further and hurt myself much more if I let go...Just telling it like it is...which is what I do.
    Tina @ Life is Good

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    1. Hi Tina,

      You have gone through and are going through much adversity in your life. Stress, worries, concerns and all tied in with bureaucratic bullshit.

      Somehow though, you will look at the overall picture from that higher vantage point in the tree. Negative speculation will not make you fall. You have much going for you. You have a family and their love surrounding you. You have your friends in this thoughtful community. That you cherish. The only real support I have is via the computer screen, phone calls to my friends and family in Canada and the occasional 3 dimensional interaction. Yet, I stay resilient in my health concerns, my tackling bureaucratic bullshit and will not let it overwhelm me. You will do the same, dear Tina.

      Remember, "Life is Good".

      In kindness,

      Gary

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  39. That's a great graphic. After studying it, I see myself climbing midway.

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    1. Hi Medeia,

      The graphic certainly gets my last two brain cells working :) Half way there and the rest of the climb is filled with a sense of hopeful adventure, I would like to think.

      A pleasant Sunday to you.

      Gary

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  40. I think I'm the one hugging it for stability; just needing a little reassurance from something solid, but not needing the insights of another person. Sometimes, I gotta work things out on my own.

    I like this Tree concept better than emotive faces. I can see myself concretely, and know where I'd like to move to. Hope you don't mind, but I'm going to copy the picture and put it in my computer to look at sometimes when I need a temperature reading on my mental/emotional health. Its an excellent tool, and I think it will make me smile sometimes.

    And of course, I'll think of you while looking at it, and that always brings a smile to me face and brightens my mood. Thanks for sharing this concept, and for sharing another side to yourself.

    .......dhole

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    1. Hi Donna,

      I'm glad you took the time to really have a good thought about how the illustration can relate to your life. How things are going.

      By all means, please do copy the picture. It can be quite the resource. And yes, it can be whatever you need it to be. Smiles are great :)

      Very kind and flattering that you would think of me whenever you looked at it. You're very brave! :) I do like to show different aspects about my personality and thus my writing.

      Wishing you a wonderful Sunday.

      Gary :)

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  41. And where is your NEXT. Post?

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    1. Hi John,

      My next post will be the one I post after this post. Any particular genre you might like?

      Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

      Gary

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  42. And now you can give to others, which is the greatest joy.

    If one of the characters was balancing precariously on a branch by herself, that would be me.

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    1. Hi Diane,

      Thank you. When we help each other, we help ourselves. Shared gifts of hopeful interaction.

      An off to one side balancing act. I wonder if you need that quiet space to reflect upon where you are going and making the right moves.

      Thank you, Diane. I hope you had a peaceful weekend.

      Gary

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  43. I LOVE that tree!! I was trying so hard to find myself that I started wishing there was a ghost with a noose around his neck. But then I saw me. Sitting out on a limb with my back to the rest of the world, wondering "What's up with all the smiling ones?"

    honest

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    1. Hi lotta joy,

      I would assume a noose around the neck of a ghost would pass right through. You must have had a turn about to notice the smiling ones :)

      Take care, good friend.

      Gary

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  44. That picture is amazing... and I didn't think of ghosts at all. Great post here, and I'm glad to have happened over hear from your comments on my blog tour over at Madeia's... Although I'm sure I would have made it over soon enough with your unblog hop that's soon arriving. :) Writer’s Mark

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    1. Hi Nancy,

      It certainly can make one look at it from so many perspectives. You see what you wish to see. It has always reminded me of Casper :)

      Ah yes, the lovely Medeia and your ongoing tour. Wishing you much positive fulfilment, Nancy. Anti-blogfest! Argggghhhhh!!! LOL

      A peaceful day to you.

      Gary

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  45. I'd like to think I'm the one near the top, waving at everyone else, but if I'm honest, I'm the one in the top right corner,keeping to myself, staying on the sidelines, just watching. It's what I do, until someone needs me, then I help if I can.

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    1. Hi River,

      You are the one near the top waving at everyone else. And you are also the one who stays discreetly in the background. Observing and lending a hand to others when you sense they need it. I hope that the sense of sharing, caring is mutual.

      A peaceful day to you, River.

      Gary

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  46. Hi Gary,
    Very sorry that I've not been commenting so much on your blog of late, but I've been quite busy with my voluntary work. Anyway, I think I'm the guy around two-thirds up the tree, standing on a plank (plank? Is that right?). I'm not quite at the peak yet, but I have a stable support, and the view is great!
    I hope all's well with you, my hairy pal, and I hope to speak with you soon.
    Very Best Wishes,
    David.

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    1. Hi David,

      You know you need never worry about commenting on my blog. I know you grace me with reading them. Besides as you allude to and mentioned on the phone, you are busy with that volunteer work. Plank seems about right, David. Support as in positive resources that help you maintain your balance and enjoy the view. Nice one.

      And thus we have spoken. Always a pleasure, my hirsute friend.

      Gary

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  47. Hi Gary, I'm new. I love this picture! Kind of profound....I think from moment to moment and day to day, I'd be in different places. Nice to meet you!

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    1. Hi The Words Crafter,

      Lovely to meet you :) I think we can go through a variety of emotions and perspectives in just one day. Sometimes in just one hour.

      A hopeful, happy day to you.

      Gary

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  48. At the moment I'm hanging on to that there branch on that tree lol But I could rearrange myself hour to hour some days. Great post as always :o) Hope your well, Kimmie x

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    1. Hi Kimmie,

      Hang on and soon we are going to see you at the top of the tree admiring the view in that new world we are determined to make so.

      Thank you for your kindness. Other than a government that wont leave me alone, I'm fine and determined to fight the adversity.

      Wishing you a peaceful, hopeful day.

      Gary :) x

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  49. You have helped so many and will continue to help many more to climb in ways they've never imagined.

    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie,

      Thank you. Your words are most thoughtful. May we help each other climb the tree.

      A happy day to you, Julie.

      Gary :)

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  50. Hey Klahanie.. I love that picture (Was the artist named Casper?) and I love your thought provoking prompt. It should be doing the social network rounds, I wonder if I can pin it. I remember breaking my arm when I was the one swinging on the branch :)

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    1. Hey Ida,

      The artist is named Casper and he's from Casper, Wyoming. It does make for an illustration that stirs up various thoughts. You pin away, I reckon. You break your arm, it gets fixed and you check out another branch :)

      Thank you, Ida.

      Gary :)

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    2. Exactly what I did... i.e pinned and kept climbing... I'm assuming Casper was very friendly :)

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    3. Hi Ida,

      Casper invited me to his tree house in Casper, Wyoming :)
      Happy pinning and climbing.....

      Gary :)

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  51. Hi Gary, it must be lovely to get some positive feedback from your help with others.
    I have come across this blob people picture, too. I think in my life I may well have taken the role of each one of those blobs at one time or another.

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    1. Hi Madeleine,

      Indeed, it's encouraging to get such positive feedback. I do believe we can all help each other. A force for a better life.

      I'm sure each blog, um blob, has some significance within your life. It's a provocative illustration.

      Thank you, Madeleine.

      Gary :)

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  52. It is so important for us to help others when we can and sharing about our own difficulties can help! Thanks for sharing and being open. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Hi Jess,

      Pleased to meet you, Jess. I shall circle over and have a close look at the crop :)

      When we help each other, we help ourselves. Strength in numbers in a sharing, caring ideal. Thank you for your kind comment.

      Gary :)

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I do try to comment back to each commenter individually. However, I might have to shorten my replies or give a group thank you. That way, I can spend more time commenting on your blogs. Thank you and peace, my friend.