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I am sharing something a little off topic, but something I think many will appreciate. I am so proud of the team, really the family, that I work with at Cunningham Piano Company. It is a collection of people that have a passion for sharing music. Many of us play piano, but we all have a connection to music.
Dylan Hepner is our shipping manager. Dylan is an ex-military man who has made this video in the hope of helping others. We are honored to have the caliber of people like Dylan working with our family. Please feel free to share. This video is meant to help others. You have his permission to share this if you wish. Warning - have a tissue handy:
Thanks Rich and a deep, heartfelt thanks to Dylan for so openly sharing his struggles.
I agree with the sentiment ‘of creating a compassionate environment ‘... but it is seldom done in large companies. ‘‘Tis a shame, Because the world would be a better place if there was that initiative.
"Music, rich, full of feeling, not soulless, is like a crystal on which the sun falls and brings forth from it a whole rainbow" - F. Chopin "I never dreamt with my own two hands I could touch the sky" - Sappho
I wish Dylan all the best in his recovery . Post Traumatic stress is real. One receives an injury to the mind. This illness can be life long ., But it can be managed just as diabetes can be managed .I have a friend who suffered severe trauma ., She copes far better now with her life.She is actively supported by the Hope Centre here in Vancouver. She has found friends who support her and who acknowledge her illness. There is nothing more important. Thank Rich , thank you Dylan ! ( I loved your music by the way !)
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Thank you you sharing, Rich and Dylan. It was very touching. And the music was so beautiful.
September is national suicide prevention month in the US so this is very timely. I have personally experienced two losses, one of them being a veteran, and a few close calls in my circle. The thought that I could have reached out more always comes back to haunt me every time I think of those youths. Now, I’m making a conscious effort to ask about their days when I have a chance to talk to older teens up to mid 20s. I’m so glad to hear that Dylan had someone to open up to and that he took an immediate action.
I thank you with a truly grateful heart, Dylan. I am so glad you had the courage to reach out.
The Army and our other armed services know about this problem. The day it was revealed that the President looks on our service members as "losers," and "suckers," out of his own mouth, a person very high in the structure of the government was being interviewed on MSNBC. He said that one of the worst effects of the President's airing of his worthless opinion, is that so many members of the services actually do feel like they are "losers and suckers---" as untrue as that may be--- and that the Commander in Chief was doing the equivalent of shooting live fire into our service members who already suffer, as a previous poster has pointed out, from this wound to the mind.
I am not well-informed about just what counseling and information is given to the officers in charge of our troops' well-being and emotional health. I do know that the commanding officers want to help, and that the military wants them to help; they know how hard the job is. There are significant resources available for the asking. If you think about it, there are also many opportunities outside the official ones: there are hands outstretched to you from every direction. All you have to do is take one.
One. It is enough to save you from throwing your beautiful life away in despair.
I will not say it is easy. In this crazy world, we have to fight for our sanity sometimes. It will cost some courage; it will cost some tears. And it takes a well-balanced mind to hear and disregard wrong information, when you know that our service members are committed people devoting "our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor" to the protection of the American Experiment.
Yeah. That fellow is so messed up that he may never get any better; I don't see any progress, unless you want to call "digging his grave with his own tongue," progress. But you are another story: what you have said needs no elaboration. Thank you so very much for sharing. There is no telling whose life you may have saved today.