My brother John, Carol and yours truly…
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Working with teenagers and having a 20 year-old daughter I am always reading and talking to people about the way America is raising their kids.
Here’s an interesting article below. Click on the link…
“They can get warmth from their teachers, from their friends’ parents, but they can only get structure from parents,” Damour said in a conversation with Kevin Delaney, Quartz’s editor-in-chief, at Quartz’s New York office on July 26, 2017.
James Clear posted this message earlier today on social media:
We need to release the social expectation to be everywhere.
There are too many inboxes: Text Email Twitter replies & DMs Instagram comments & DMs Facebook Messenger
More ways to communicate does not always lead to better communication.
And why not add “Container Diaries” blog as another tool to communicate.
I miss the days of talking on the phone, hanging out on the street corner, Prospect park, Parkside and of course, the schoolyards around the neighborhood.
Face to face communication…that’s what I miss.
This morning while browsing the on-line version of the New York Post I came across this story. (Click the link…)
Duress’ first time in Rikers was a decade ago, for petty larceny. He’s been sent there some 10 times on charges ranging from heroin possession to identity theft. In fact, he was at Rikers when his big break, “Heaven Knows What,” premiered at the New York Film Festival in 2014.
Back in the day in our neighborhood there were kids who made poor choices.
Let’s face it, things weren’t easy growing up in the 70’s and 80’s.
We all had our challenges, I sure did. And there were times I didn’t handle the challenges facing me very well.
Temptation, peer pressure, the streets and low self-esteem contributed to the downfall of many teenagers, including me.
You are not born a bad person. You are not born a good person. We are born choosers. Your choices determine how you progress through life.
Make a poor choice, you’re going to pay for it.
Make a good choice, most likely things go well.
Your upbringing, the environment you live in and thinking you can do what you want are just a few factors determining how your life shapes up.
Someone once said, “show me your friends and I can show you your future.”
Forming positive habits and working on them daily is the key. Making positive and healthy choices every day is what will help you on your journey.
Do drugs – you’re hurting yourself. Drink irresponsibly – you’re hurting the ones who love you. These two deviant behaviors lead to self-destruction.
Mental health is a popular subject these days. Anxiety and depression are two areas people are struggling with. Quick question; Were we as kids dealing with these things and not knowing it? Did anyone go to a doctor and get diagnosed as bipolar?
The signs were there. I can sit here and list many examples, but I will hold off.
I am happy society is stepping up and putting emphasis on mental health. But it pains me when someone commits suicide because they can’t cope, especially teenagers. The numbers are increasing.
I hope the talented actor in the article above learns his lesson. He’s surely fighting some serious issues.
Work on your positive habits today. Main thing is we can’t give up.
Give a Good Day.
Check out this story from the corner of 16th street and 11th avenue.
People in the neighborhood complained about this Cadillac parked on the street.
Click the link below from the New York Daily News.
Interesting article. Actually after reading it, it’s kinda sad…
The increase in loneliness might be due to how teens spend their leisure time, Twenge says. When compared to teens in earlier decades, Gen Z are less likely to “get together with friends in person, go to parties, go out with friends, date, ride in cars for fun, go to shopping malls, or go to the movies,” she reported.
And give those Irish hoodlums a drink…
Mental health issues have been a popular topic in society as of late. Make no mistake, they have been around for many years.
Father Burns at Holy Name recently took his own life. I bet we all know someone who has committed suicide. Just this past year I have lost a few friends due to this awful disease. Mental health problems hit everyone. Robin Williams, the incredible actor/comedian took his life. Doesn’t matter if you’re famous or not. Rich or poor. It can strike anyone.
Container Diaries reader, Catherine Howard wrote in and mentioned Mental Health; she makes some very good points. https://holyname.wordpress.com/2018/12/24/r-i-p-father-burns/#comments
I firmly believe we are all battling something from time-to-time. Most of us anyway, I know I have been for many years.
Life’s not easy, just may be the hardest game in the world.
When we see an athlete go down with an injury, everyone rushes to help them. We make sure they rehab and get back to action. How come when someone seems to have a mental setback, we turn our backs or brush it under the rug? Or we act like nothing is wrong? I once had a parent of one of my players tell others that “Finamore is bipolar.”
Oh really? Well how come you didn’t try and help me?
It should be mentioned that this particular parent was disgruntled because his son wasn’t getting much playing time.
I applaud the people who come out and talk about mental health. I respect the ones who want to do something about it.
Maybe it’s time we all chip in together and try and defeat this awful condition?
Not saying this will cure your mental health issues but here are a few things that help me get through each day. They may make you feel a bit better…
1-Owning a dog
3-Family and Friends
6-Mindfulness and Meditation.
Stay well my friends…and stay in the present moment.