It might seem difficult to talk about gratitude in these tough times when the demand is so great. I hope and pray all your needs are being met every day, especially regarding your mental health. Going through a crisis with the world can be emotionally debilitating.
Which leads me to my evening a while back.
As usual after a day of working on emails and other fundraising activities for Focus Clubhouse, Where our FOCUS TRULY IS Your Mental Health, I was enjoying some TV and rest. I received a text from my daughter-in-law inquiring about Focus Clubhouse and what we have been doing during Covid-19 since we are on quarantine. I shared with her about our Monday – Friday Zoom calls we hold in order to stay in touch with our members. We do this because isolation is detrimental to mental illness. I also let her know that we have helped our members; one with transportation to and from doctors and another member by bringing groceries that she needed. It’s little things like this we often take for-granted and in the life of someone suffering with mental illness, it can be more than an inconvenience. It can be a matter of life and death. Isolation. Like I said, detrimental.
Then she shared the most exciting and flattering news with me. My daughter-in-law is nominating Focus Clubhouse for a grant from the company she works for. My heart was so full of gratitude and still is. It is important for others to share your passion, but when someone you love dearly shows this? What an incredible honor!
I am also grateful for the monies we were recently made aware of from a special Jeep parade during Madi Gras.
But in all this, which is much to be grateful for, I think the thing that makes my heart swell with love and appreciation most, is our members. Each day they express in their unique and individual way how grateful they are for Focus Clubhouse and our Zoom calls Monday – Friday. They say it is because it allows them to see another person and awards them the opportunity to talk about anything that might have happened to them during the time we were apart. We had a member share with us today how his abandonment issues were triggered and he had a difficult time getting past those feelings of no one wanting him in his life. I let him know when those feelings arise, he could always call me. That’s what the Clubhouse is for. Support in troubled times. He was grateful.
So in a period when it might seem we have little to be happy about, let’s each reach out and tuck in a little gratitude.
I’ve always believed God was guiding my journey here. From my son telling me about Clubhouses to the very people who have come to assist. Some stay the course, others descend after imparting their gifts and wisdom, and to all I am deeply grateful.
Hebrews 13:15 states “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise- the fruit of lips that openly profess His name.”
Thank you, Jesus. I live with gratitude.
Clarice Gallegos / FOCUS Clubhouse Founder and President
The purpose of this page is to engage our community by sharing stories and educating the public on the difficulties diagnosing, treating, and living with mental illness. In addition, we hope to encourage loved ones and those who struggle with their ongoing mental illness.