Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.”
Many of us with BP have said, “Life is not worth living, period”.
I do not want this to be triggering material but there is a correlation between these statements. The fact that we found life difficult is not surprising, we were mentally ill.
The foundation of a good life seems to be mental stability and emotional control. In my truths of BP these are the bed rock of those truths – medication to achieve mental stability and spirituality to achieve emotional control. These two things allow us to become useful and productive people.
To achieve more than a control of our mood swings so we are not so up and down, which is accomplished with medication, we need to get to know ourselves. In other words be willing to examine our lives and the part we have played in our interactions with others.
We need to look at how we think and realize that we probably need to change most of it.
One of the things that shocked me into changing was reading quote that was attributed to Margret Thatcher but further study shows the author is unknown.
“Be careful of your thoughts, they become your words.
Be careful of your words, they become your actions.
Be careful of your actions, they become your habits.
Be careful of your habits, they become your character.
Be careful of your character, it becomes your destiny.”
When I looked at this quote it struck me that I had the destiny of an insane person and if I did not change my thinking, changed what I said to myself and others, things would never get better and that destiny would come to pass. I did not want that destiny, that destiny that said over and over “life is not worth living.” I wanted something else and that simple quote showed me how to get it.
Keep to the path, the hard one. The easy one does not go anywhere.
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