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2013-05-09 / Community News

THEY SAID IT

(Life Lessons from Hospice Patients)

Am I Going Crazy?

“What’s happening to me?” Sally exclaimed, burying her face in her hands. “Am I going crazy? I feel like I’m going nuts.”

Sally had COPD. She was on oxygen and struggled to breathe most of the time. Just moving across the room was an arduous adventure. Every time I saw her she looked exhausted.

On top of this, her family was, well, very dramatic. They seemed to seek stress and create crisis. Emotional tension skyrocketed when they were around.

“No Sally, I don’t think you’re going crazy,” I responded. “You’re in a crazy situation. Somehow, you have to stay separate from the circus around you.”

Situations can be crazy. The world is nutty, even insane at times. We’re frequently surrounded by craziness. We can’t help but be affected by this, but we don’t have to be swept along by it. Jesus never takes his cues from the circus around him. He can empower us to stay separate, see the craziness for what it is, and respond in love.

After this, Sally was all smiles. She learned to feel peaceful. She pictured Jesus beside her. Any time she felt out-of-control, she looked at and listened to him. “Observe the circus, but don’t become a part of it. I think I’m getting it!” she said.

Suddenly voices drifted down the hallway and her family knocked loudly on the door.

Sally smiled and said, “Guess it’s time for my daily dose of crazy!”

Gary Roe is the Chaplain of Southern Care Hospice

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