Armageddon – the end of days, this is supposedly a Biblical or Religious way of thinking. It may be expressed so by many, but for those of us who have placed ourselves solidly on the path to mental wellness we have faced our own personal Armageddon and put an end to the days our illness controlled our lives.
If someone told you that you must give up to get ahead, you would not likely believe them. To have an end to our illness most of us get the idea that if we take our meds we will be just fine. I have said this many times in this blog, this is an absolute fallacy. If all you do is take your meds you are still at the mercy of your mind (thinking) and your emotions. Your mind and your emotions still rule your life and until you learn to rule them nothing will change. This is where the work is and I will say at the outset this is hard, hard work. It is hard because the focus is totally on you and you are the one looking at yourself.
Recently I read an account of US Airways flight 1549 that made an incredible landing in the Hudson River in January of 2009. What struck me was a statement made by the aircrafts Captain, Chelsey Shellenburger. “One way of looking at this,” he said, “might be that for 42 years I’ve been making small, regular deposits in this bank of experience, education, and training. And on [that day] the balance was sufficient so that I could make a very large withdrawal.”
He basically said his years of experience, education and training was what allowed him and his crew to pull off that incredible landing. How does this apply to battling BP? In the case of controlling our mind and our emotions we have nothing in the bank of experience, education and training to draw on. If you never have tried to control your thinking, your emotions and your reactions to life you have no idea that it can be done. If Captain Shellenburger did not have his experience, education and training that incredible landing would have been an incredible disaster, with the blame laid squarely at his feet.
In relation to our illness, those that say they cannot control their thinking, their emotions and their reactions to life’s situations do so out of ignorance. They have invested no time in the education or training required to understand that there is a real possibility of learning to control their thinking, their emotions and their reactions to life’s situations. They have not reached the point of Armageddon in their lives that makes way for opening that new bank account and put an end to the days when this illness controls their lives.
Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere.