Shuffling papers, meeting with clients, crisis interventions, meetings, family contacts, documentation…Getting busy, staying busy, feeling productive. And then a shadow emerges out of a corridor, a half-broken figure, contorted, confused and healing- to thank you but you can’t remember for what… a smile and then you remember you only placed your hand on his shoulder and uttered four words. The smile is reciprocated and you realize that this whole time you’ve been busy with nothing and the most productive thing you’ll ever do is tell someone “I’m here for you.”
In the human body a cell that has lost its usefulness, that is, it is unable to carry out the function it was created for, will nullify itself through a process called ‘apoptosis.’ The term, also known as cell death occurs when the cell no longer serves a critical function in the organism. Similarly, when a man or woman lives a life void of his or her intended purpose, they will pursue a path of self-nullification known as suicide.
Taking this into account, the only surprising thing on suicide is that it surprises us at all. We live in a society that bombards us with ways to stay updated and simultaneously astray. When the mainstream becomes the sole source of education on who we are and what we are intended for, a spiritually empty culture is formed. When we cannot find our purpose of living, we lose our drive to persevere through the lulls and challenges of daily living. Our objective should then be to diligently seek that purpose which resides deeply within (not without) all of mankind.