“Don’t talk about the bad times, the struggles, the ups and downs. Talk about learning how to live. How to find joy in your life, even if you are bipolar.” My friend Greta.
When I was thinking about starting this blog that was the one thing that made sense. I want to talk about learning how to live with bipolar. How to find peace within ourselves even though this illness and it effects do everything it can to disturb that peace. For the most part I have been successful at that in my own life. We all have times when things are not great, not even good. The not even good, best describes the last few months. I have really struggled since October, but no matter what I stick to my routine and recite the affirmations that hold so much meaning for me. That is what it is, my routine and my affirmations. The touch stones of every day life that mean I am alive. I have to admit that routine and those affirmations have been what has kept me from really getting lost. I only slightly lost my way for a time. I am tired of even that now, slightly losing my way. It is time to follow my own advice and stick to the path, even if it seems all up hill and a hard climb all the time.
I could blame my bipolar or a couple of situations that came up or people for what caused this slide, but that is not the truth. It was my mind and my perspective on those situations and people that did me in. I lost the proper perspective on life that I worked so hard to gain. I forgot, and had to remind myself, that perspective is everything. I forgot to be grateful for the half full glass of water and that I can do nothing about the half empty part, unless I get up and walk to the sink to add more water. That was my biggest error I did not get up and do anything unless I had to. I forgot that joy is found in doing, just because. Joy is found in accomplishment no matter what my mind is saying. I can tell my mind to shut up or push past those negative thoughts. A few years ago I learned I could do that. I forgot I have to keep practicing this skill to get really good at it.
Effort is required in life. I know that intellectually, but I have to move that knowledge to my soul and own it, to make it my life practice.
We are meant to live in freedom, in peace, in joy and in love, even with bipolar. It is only our attitudes, thoughts and perspectives that stand in the way of this new and exciting way of life. This last few months that has shown me this.
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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