Every time I hear of an incident of suicide, I can’t help but wonder what that final straw was in the person’s life where they felt so alone and so void of happiness, love and purpose that death was the only alternative. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and I wanted to take a few moments to note the importance of how we connect with others. When we connect with another person in love and with compassion, without regard to what we will gain, it is then we form the most meaningful, unconditional relationships.

“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.”
― John Joseph PowellThe Secret of Staying in Love

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.

Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves.

Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.”
― Brené BrownThe Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are