What do you use to build direction and focus in your life? In general, it is difficult to have meaning and direction in a bipolar life. We are like race cars most the time, we may not always crash but we are usually on the edge and it is not us driving, our illness is driving our lives. Having lived for too many years as a rudderless ship and always winding up on the rocks, I made the decision to find a better way. Since I can only share my way, I would like to hear the way others have found to give direction and focus in their lives.
My way of keeping focus and direction in my life is to use quotes of others as my touchstones and directional beacons. It is also why I diligently search out and include some relatable quote each week with my blog.
I find words and their meaning very important to my mental wellness. When someone early on in my recovery suggested that meditation could help focus my mind, I looked at the word and went in search of what the word meditation means. Most people are told something and do it, I want to know what I have been asked to do means before I embark on the doing. In my search for the meaning of meditation that worked for me I came across James Allen and his definition of Meditation:
“Meditation is the intense dwelling, in thought, upon an idea or theme, with the object of thoroughly comprehending it, and whatsoever you constantly meditate upon you will not only come to understand, but will grow more and more into its likeness, for it will become incorporated into your very being, will become, in fact, your very self. If, therefore, you constantly dwell upon that which is selfish and debasing, you will ultimately become selfish and debased; if you ceaselessly think upon that which is pure and unselfish you will surely become pure and unselfish.”
In meditating on the idea of mental wellness through affirmations, directing my thoughts strictly on those lines I began to become mentally well.
In the ending of every one of my post I insert Jim Rohn’s quote, “work harder on yourself than anything else.”
What does it mean to “work harder on yourself?” To me it means to make yourself a better person than you are right now and have been in the past. There is another quote from a great teacher that I put alongside the work harder on yourself idea that gives some guidance as to what we should be working on. “Know yourself and you will be known. Do not know yourself and you will live in poverty. In fact, you are the poverty”
I lived the poverty that bipolar brought into my life and as James Allen and the above quote suggested I became that poverty for a long time. That is how I know these statements are true. So is the fact that the more I know myself and how my bipolar affects me the easier it is to be known as a person who is constantly managing my bipolar and I no longer live in that poverty or am I impoverished.
To put myself into the driver’s seat and take control of my life I had to do as Mohamed Ali suggested, meditate over and over on those meaningful quotes, using them as affirmations. When those affirmations became beliefs and then became deep convictions things began to happen in my life.
What are you doing to make wonderful things happen in your life?
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.
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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.