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Something Good

“Look what they’ve done to my song, Ma, Look what they’ve done to my song, Well it’s the only thing I could do all right, And they turned it upside down, Look what they’ve done to my song” Melanie Safka

Life at times can be very discouraging. It is those darkest moments that we need some kind of light to shine on us and uplift us. We need something good. 

Present photoThe primary lesson is that we should be a blessing in other people’s lives. That if we want good things to happen to us that we should help our fellow human beings along this road of life. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are, you can be a light to others. You can be kind, say hello, listen to a person complain, whatever it takes. A little bit will go a long way. Be that person that when somebody sees you they are glad to see you instead of the opposite.

In all honesty, the world is on a downward spiral in certain aspects. Pollution in many forms is causing the destruction of the environment. ‘Endless’ wars of aggression are being waged where the United States seeks to control the world’s resources. Poverty inflicts many people. Here in the United States we face problems with police brutality, lack universal health care and have poor in abundance. Many of the poor are in fact working poor, which means, despite working a full-time job they are in poverty.

We need a hero to lift our spirits. We need a movement to uplift our mood. Unfortunately, whenever somebody advocates for the people they are either bought out or they are killed. There is indeed a ‘deep state’ in the United States. In fact, this ‘deep state’ is worldwide. Through neocolonialism, the resources of the poorer nations are siphoned off to feed the richer countries. The people of the world need something good. God must provide something for us lest we all shall indeed perish.

This brings the conversation full circle putting the emphasis on self. There is the power of example. There is the spirit of God which inspires people to do right no matter what and to battle, no matter how hopeless the odds may seem. For you see this ‘deep state’ looks very imposing but in fact, it is fractured and weak. Evil people, by nature, cannot and do not have friends. Rather they simply have associates. Evil people will work together to satisfy their selfish lusting but they have absolutely no love. On the other hand, the poor and impoverished are comrades in the struggle. Goliath is bound to fall it is inevitable. The beast will implode upon itself, the beams supporting the structure rusting and decayed with wickedness, selfishness, and greed.

If you are looking for something good I suggest that you make a self-examination. I am confident that there are many blessings in your life. Just being alive is a joy unto itself. But I understand fully well that the status quo isn’t satisfying enough. That in certain times of our lives it seems like the odds against us succeeding are insurmountable. If only we could get some kind of blessing, something special, it would be a great boost, like a shot of encouraging energy.

Living with a mental illness is an awesome burden. It is a dark cloud over my head which I can never escape from. Many people with similar conditions have surrendered to the world and gave up trying in life.  They simply cling to their existence not trying to improve their lot in this world. I am not looking for pity but I am looking for understanding. But following my own advice, I know that my mental illness has made me more sensitive and compassionate. I didn’t make the bargain the decision was made for me and I have to live for it. So, in the end, can I be grateful for having a mental illness? No, I can’t go that far yet, but I can appreciate certain aspects of it.

I hope that this article will encourage you. But hey if you want to find something very interesting to read please check out my book “From Chaos To Cosmos.” I think it will delight you and it will encourage me if you buy one.

Something Good

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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Kaniecki, J. (2018). Something Good. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 22, 2019, from


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