Sometimes life gets hard. Really hard. They say that life will sometimes will throw a curveball. But there are those days when it seems that it's not just a curveball being thrown at us, but a whole case of baseballs, a few basketballs, the kitchen sink, and a semi tractor trailer. Now for 'normal' folks, they can deal with those bad days. They know how to. But for those of us suffering from varying degrees of mental illness, when we have one of THOSE days, we can spiral out of control, very, very quickly and for many of us, that means suicidal ideation. Which is why, it is important from time to time to reflect on what good things we have and who we are as an individual. So I thought it would be cool, if we had a thread of affirmations, where we can say to the world, what we have and who we are that is good. And in the process, remind ourselves of that as well. I'll start us off. I am a damned good father. I have 2 great kids. I have a wife that took me back in, even after all that crap I put on her with my alcoholism. I am a really good drummer. I am a member of the best Praise band in the county, at a really cool church. I not only have a job, I have 2 jobs. I have a roof over my head, and food in the fridge. I still have my hair! lol I have many, many great friends here that know completely what I am going thru and pray for me every day. I have recently rediscovered friends on the outside, that I had forgotten over the years. I am sure if I thought about it further, I could come up with more, but you get the idea. Time to affirm your life. Time to remember what good things you do have, and who you are. They may be buried in the past, but dig down thru that mental illness and remind yourself how cool you are!