Two years, it is hard for me to believe that someone one with BP1 could consistently write a blog for two years in a row. We bipolar sufferers are not known for consistency. In my previous lives I became known for a lot of things, none of them were edifying (helpful), as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:12. When I was granted this new life I vowed it would be different and it has been. It is different because I have studied and learned about the most important things in this world, me and this illness that controlled me and my reactions to life. In the last paragraph of every blog I spell out where our work is and what we are to work on, or battle with if you want to look at that way, to achieve mental wellness. We are to work on ourselves and to work on our thinking. It has nothing to do with anything external, it is strictly to do with ourselves and our attitudes towards life. It is true we need help to get started, we cannot diagnose ourselves or self-medicate into stability. But once that help is received and accepted in the way of a proper diagnosis, proper medication and therapy to help us learn the tools to change our thinking, the work in entirely ours and we can only work on ourselves to achieve and maintain mental wellness.
What changed everything for me was this one quote, an expansion of the quote at the beginning of this blog. This quote encapsulated my life and why it was the way it was. This quote also offered the clue as to how to change my life.
“Jesus said, “If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the sky will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”
If you are tired of dwelling in, and more importantly “being”, the poverty that bipolar brings us. I encourage you to admit you are the problem and you need qualified medical help to start to change.
Our battle is with our minds, not with other people, places, situations or other external things. Remember our battle will always be with our minds and our minds alone.
The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.”
I say,” Work harder on yourself and everything else falls into place like magic.”
Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere.
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