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Loneliness is a Battle of the Mind

Loneliness is a real Battle of the Mind

As I sit here thinking about the effort that KOVH has put into raising awareness about battling loneliness and the need to check up on your friends and family I wanted to pause and share a short piece of my own story to hopefully encourage anyone who might read this and let them know that the battle you are facing is one you don’t face alone. Whether you have served our country in the military or been a civilian, loneliness is something we all face. And as a person who has been in ministry and worked in retail, I am sad to report that even I have battled my own demons when it has come to loneliness.

It was a little over a year ago in 2023 on Valentines Day that the grips of loneliness got the best of me, and I had stepped to the edge and almost took my life because I didn’t want to feel alone anymore. Despite having the best of friends and the best adventures of my life I had come to the point that I felt that I hadn’t achieved the goal of the happiness of being surrounded by loved ones and the achievements that I had strived for in life. As I reached my tipping point that day and I struggled with how to go forward. I will admit that it was not easy as the days continued to roll on, as I began to piece together a new life and discovered that I am surrounded by loved ones both near and far. That the achievements of life I had once thought important had paled in comparison to the actual achievements I have made to this date.

Will that be the last day I struggle with Loneliness? Probably not but looking back I know I am in a better place and surrounded by people that love me.

While my life’s story is still being written I can say the battle with loneliness is real and will be with me for the rest of my life. Yet now that I can admit to myself that this is a demon that I will face forever, it is one that I do not face alone. I have my many loved ones both by birth and by friendships made over the years who will be there with me as I travel this road of life. I am truly thankful that when I start to battle the demons of loneliness, my friends and family will be there to lift me up and love me no matter what happens at the end of the day.

So, in closing I hope that my words will provide you with comfort and encouragement as you fight your own battle with loneliness. If you need help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to someone for help because at the end of the day you are not alone on this journey.

Chaplin Pappy

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