What the world needs is more LOVE and Forgiveness

What the world needs is more LOVE and Forgiveness

Forgive and Forget

Forgiveness is not for the person you hurt or that hurt you, it is for you.

Reflect on a person or loved one or two that you have hurt by your past and present behaviors or that has hurt you.

Was it worth the pain that you are putting them and yourself through? Have you asked for forgiveness from that person? If No, why not?

Have your forgiven yourself? Have you forgotten?

How can you move forward and live a healthy life again?

What the world needs is more LOVE. Being the humanitarian that I am I often struggle with the cold hard fact of just how cold and hard the world is. I never meet a stranger and love to get to know everyone. I found out that the motto of The GA Peer Institute is “Each One Reach One” and with the facts of becoming a Certified Peer Specialist being :

> Candidates must have diagnosis of mental illness or a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addictive disease and must desire to identify themselves as a person with mental illness current or former consumer of mental health services.

> Applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED and may be requested to provide a copy of this document.

> Must demonstrate strong reading comprehension and written communication skills as indicated on their responses on the pre – test which is part of the application.

> Must have demonstrated experience with leadership, advocacy or governance.

> Must be well grounded in recovery

These facts are taken directly from the Certified Peer Specialist brochure.

There have been 997 Georgia Certified Peer Specialists Since October 2001.

With these facts at hand we can all do our part to “Each One Reach One”

Simply saying “How are you today?” Smiling, a handshake, an opening of a door, a couple of bucks f needed can make all the difference in the world to somebody in need and make our world a much happier more peaceful world to live in. I have come to know many friends through classes at New Rock through View Point Health and have gotten to know the ins and outs of the person. Their true being during class time and have befriended all walks of life over the course of my lifetime.

Spread some LOVE today. Visit the historic Courthouse in Downtown Covington GA and get to know the business owners and staff of Square Perk, Scoops, My Sisters Closet, Perfect Fit Lingerie, the list goes on and on of wonderful fine towne home folks that will take you in and treat you like family. My favorite 4 corners of the World.

To find your vocation and true calling in life you must live your life following in the footsteps of many great humanitarians sharing in their love of the world and mankind.

Every worthwhile accomplishment big or little has its stages of drudgery and triumph. A beginning, a struggle and a victory.

Mahatma Gandhi

During my lifetime I have learned to never burn a bridge as you may never know when you need to cross that river or valley again in life.

I was adopted at a young age in 1976 at the historic Courthouse in Newton County by my father Mr. Mayron Fuller of The Fuller Family Farms at Old Atlanta Highway and I -20. I am an only child of my mother Ms. Brenda Fuller and Mr. Mayron Fuller both deceased but have many siblings. My parents divorced when I was 10 and I was living with my mother and she was not handling the stress of their divorce and my grandmother dying from cancer too well. My aunt, her sister Ms. Roxie Nunley made application for custody of me through the Newton County Court system with Honorable Samuel D. Ozburn being my private attorney at the time in the 80’s. She won her custody hearing and I went to live with my aunt and uncle Mr. Jerry Nunley and Ms. Roxie Nunley to finish and graduate high school and to work at Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center as a daycamp summer staffer for children ages kindergarten through the 5th grade. My private attorney was Honorable Samuel Ozburn and the Judge presiding was Honorable Virgil Costley. Later on many years later as I was in college in 1999- 2002 Honorable Virgil Costley became my Paralegal program of study  adviser, mentor and close friend as we worked closely in the program at Dekalb Technical College Covington Campus. He was so very proud of me and allowed me to write the introduction of the Paralegal program that was published by GAP The GA Association of Paralegals in their quarterly magazine “The Paragraph” I was so pleased to have him in my life again and to see me graduate with an A in my internship with Attorney, Public Defender Mr. John Strauss at The Newton County Public Defender’s Office. I was Mr. Strauss very first intern. Unfortunately Mr. Strauss passed away years ago and along with it went his legacy but yet it lives on in the Walton County Courthouse with a tribute to his life. Then low and behold the very private attorney that I held being Honorable Ozburn has been a Judge that has been an active part of my life over the past ten years of a long journey whereas my life concerning 90 days on the Forensic Unit at GA Regional and whereas my youngest daughter has been concerned. So the lessons to never burn a bridge have certainly rang true in my young life. I have been an advocate for myself and my children and all children for 20 plus years now in the O.C.G.A. open court and in life in general. Being raised and taught unconditional love is the way to go has been for the most part very rewarding but at times my being so trusting and giving I have ended up hurt. Giving love, showing love and being the epitome of Love is the best medicine for life. You cannot share love without a little rubbing off on yourself. I charge you and encourage you to put the act of Love into action and love your fellow man just as much as you love yourself. Love yourself first and you will see just how much that joyous behavior rubs off onto others and you begin to live a more harmonious and peaceful life. Surround yourself with happy loving fine folks and always have  a smile to share with all walks of life and you will grow immensely in your self – monitoring will grow and flourish as well.

Before my hospital visit to Peachford last week one of my therapist gave me some self – help worksheets and I went over the Self- Monitoring one with her. My body can typically tell when I am in anxiety or under a great deal of stress and I knew then that I was entering into relapse if I was not careful so after our meeting I drove myself to Peachford to speak with my private psychiatrist Dr. Asaf Aleem  and did a direct voluntary admission to Peachford catching myself and my life before I had a relapse. Mental Illness is Non Linear meaning it can strike at any moment and any given point in life. Even if you have lived through all five stages of The Recovery Process. And given the fact that even though we have had many wins to our behalf in Juvenile and Superior Courts I am still not an active part of my daughter’s life keeps me in a constant state of turmoil and anguish. Given being a Certified Peer Specialist for the State of GA requires that you have a mental illness and identify yourself as such and advocate for mental illness and your life my daughter’s will grow one day to understand the importance of advocacy. Also being taught at a very young age by Deputy District Attorney Mr. Richard R. Read and his staff to be an advocate for my children I have done so for 20 plus years now in and outside the courtroom with many wins to my behalf and full favour over the many years.

Early detection of an impending storm in the case of mental illness, an episode of mania or depression can lead to early intervention and prevention of a mood episode. In order to be able to detect an oncoming episode , mental health patients must learn to recognize their own early warning signs and symptoms of their illness. Each person has their own unique set of signs and symptoms although many will be common to other patients.

It is not enough to be able to recognize and detect early warning signs and symptoms of a mood  episode, you need also to monitor them regularly. It will not be much good if you are aware of your early warning signs and symptoms, but you continue to go through your daily life without paying much attention to the onset of the symptoms. Similarly, a person who knows that ominous grey clouds, thunder, lightning, and rushing wind signal an impending storm can still get caught in the storm if they were sitting on a park bench too engrossed in a book to look around them. Therefore, regular self monitoring is important for the purpose of early intervention to “prevent relapse.” A self – help tool that I have always put into action. And has finally been affirmed for me.

-Center for Clinical Intervention Self Monitoring Module

Touch a hand or share a smile and I bet you touch a heart. The heart of your neighbor and of yourself.




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