We are living in very difficult times, pretty much the world over. We in the West may not be as poverty stricken as some countries when it comes to material resources (and that's up for debate) but we definitely have our share of emotional and mental traumas. There is so much mental imbalance and emotional brokenness! In my opinion, it all stems from a lack of love - both giving and receiving, and it's evident everywhere we look. Our children often bear the brunt of this love poverty.
I was recently reading Blu Jewel's blog, someone who I recently subscribed to. She is an intelligent sister who is a part of my large blog circle of friends. I came across a post where she shares a very personal struggle that she has had over the course of her life. She candidly and bravely talks about the fact that she had been cutting herself as a coping mechanism for an inordinate amount of stress that she had been dealing with in her life. It's amazing to me how many of us are struggling with some trauma or another - and how we often are excellent at masking our pain.
In this piece that is published in its entirety at Up For Discussion blog, Sister Blu Jewel tells her story, so that we can learn more about Cutting, aka Self-Harm and how it affects the lives of so many young women and men. As evidenced by Blu Jewel's story, it affects black women as well. This dynamic of the disorder is under-reported.
Not Just for White Girls: Self-Harm (Part 1)