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The Sun Is Always Shining

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” God

I find the hard thing in life is not to enjoy the good times but to persevere in the bad times. It is in the storm that one is tested and one is taught the necessary lessons of life. But remember behind the dark clouds the sun is always shining. 

Slavery photoLife is not fair. Don’t pretend that it is in any way fashion or form. Some are blessed with material possessions. Where a person was born has a tremendous impact on life as well as one’s skin color. The Declaration of Independence declares that all men were created equally but the blatant truth is that all men aren’t treated equally.

So let us stop here and say that self pity is only going to hamper any progress you can make in life. It is one thing to be oppressed. It is another thing to articulate the evil that exists in the world. But to feel sorry for one’s self because of the way things are is not going to help. Instead feed on the power that is pulling you down and use it to motivate you to greater and higher heights.

The Tuskegee Airmen are a great example of overcoming the unfair prejudices of life. Here a group of African Americans were denied the opportunity to serve as pilots in the United States Armed Forces. This prejudice was because of systematic racism that is still prevalent in the United States today. Because of the dynamics of the situation the United States allowed some African Americans to become pilots. This group was called the Tuskegee Airman.

World War 2 was a trip in itself. Here we have the United States fighting Nazi Germany with many other countries involved. The United States labeled Germany as a racist country all the while the United States was extremely racist. Jim Crow was still in place and black people were second class citizens. Still with the burning of the human spirit the Tuskegee airmen came to be. They fought with courage and excellence far above any ‘white’ unit.

As long as their is life in the body one cannot give up on the struggle. One always has to consider the next generation and remember the Native American proverb, “We didn’t inherit the Earth from our ancestors but borrowed it from our children.” The sun is always shining it is just that sometimes we can’t see it through the clouds.

I don’t pretend to have all the answers. I look at the evil in the world and at times of doubt it seems insurmountable odds that things will ever improve for mankind. But with faith in God I know what the correct method is. To treat my fellow human beings as brothers and sisters. To give to somebody when they are in need. To always do my best. To remember what is important in life. You see if you make every little step with integrity the big steps will naturally fall in the right place.

I have seen many in the mentally ill community surrender to the vicious nature of mental illness. This is true for people in general. I know it is hard to carry on in the dark black night. Perhaps just not killing yourself for the day is the best you can do. Well at least you have done something. I am living proof that one can go on in life after mental illness.

The world is a powder keg just waiting for a spark to explode. The masses of oppressed are growing in numbers and their infliction is increasing. All the while their strength is growing, as the desperately poor are yearning for a better life and our at a position to do something. Meanwhile the rich plod on selfishly ingratiating their luxurious pleasures. All it is gonna take is one spark to make the whole thing blow. Be the spark.

If you would like to read about my struggle I invite you to read my memoirs “More Than The Madness”

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The Sun Is Always Shining

John Kaniecki

John Kaniecki is a full-time caregiver for his wife Sylvia. He is a published writer and works with the Church of Christ. John has lived with bipolar for over thirty years and has been hospitalized nine times, three of which were committed. John has chronicled his life story in his memoirs "More Than The Madness". Also of note is John's book of poetry "Murmurings Of A Mad Man" which are poems written about being committed in Graystone Psychiatric Hospital. John believes in the power of words to change the world for the better. His website can be seen here. His books can be seen on Amazon. You can visit his personal blog "Turn A Page Or Two" here.

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APA Reference
Kaniecki, J. (2018). The Sun Is Always Shining. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 22, 2019, from


Last updated: 16 Jan 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 16 Jan 2018
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