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Help From My Friends

By Officer (Ret) Gerardo Molinar, El Paso SD

Life can be beautiful and it’s not always easy but you try,
The trials of life can be disheartening enough to make you cry.
It is said what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger, this is true,
But the world can sometimes be too much to handle, it overwhelms you.

Don't try to fight this battle alone, don't be afraid to ask for a helping hand,
Strength in numbers, side by side, your friends can help you make a stand.
There's a light at the end of the tunnel, think before you make up your mind.
Death is a permanent solution for a temporary problem; it just takes time.

The pain and despair you are feeling will slowly fade and go away,
Seek help from your friends to help you get thru those difficult days.
Suicide is not the answer, know there's hope even in times of despair,
Friends are there to help, like you, there are many who have been there.

Everything happens for a reason remember that much is true,
There's a purpose for the trials that we face, there'll be more placed on you.
Face them bravely one day at a time, but know you're not all alone, 
Friends will be there beside you, all you gotta do is pick up the phone.


Retired Corporal Gerardo Molinar served 27 years as a detention officer with the El Paso, Texas Sheriff's Department.

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