June 8, 2018 was a sad day in my life and for many others. Anthony Bordain, the TV celebrity, author, chef, and hero to addicts died. A man who was not afraid to say on television that he still went to very dark places. A brilliant man with words. Who when he was handed his opportunity for greatness said in interview, “Once I got this opportunity, I quit making choices that were not good long term? …….. If I were offered a million dollars to advertise a diarrhea medicine, I would not take it. Because then I would be forever known as the diarrhea guy. A million bucks sounds like a lot, but it is only short term. What then?”
I have added that – what then – question to my life choices since I heard it.
The addiction and mental health community lost a great advocate that day.
He was outspoken about depression. He was very outspoken on the opioid epidemic sweeping America. His wise words,
“Stigmatizing substance use disorder by using the phrase “war on drugs” or creating an outgroup of “them” holds this country back from making true progress in the fight against the epidemic. ‘War on drugs” implies an “us versus them.” People are learning there is no “them.” We are going to have to figure this out together.”
The quick mind, whit and words of Antony Bordain are sorely missed in the addiction and mental health battle.
This is my tribute to Anthony Bordain. A man who faced the demons of dark places and was swallowed up by them.
As we conclude this week’s blog post, always remember our battle with bipolar disorder is with and in our minds. Our struggle is with our illness, not with other people, places, situations, or other external things. Our goal is to develop the self-discipline to take control of our emotions, minds, and lives.
The great inspirational speaker, Jim Rohn, said:” Work harder on yourself than anything else.”
I say,” Work hard 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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BLOG OF THE WEEK:
Many other people blog on bipolar and related subjects. Mental wellness is all about knowledge and learning about ourselves. The more informed we are, the easier our struggles may be. Each week I attach a blog that I found interesting that may inform you. The following blog is another author’s work. I hope you enjoy this week’s blog created by Rebecca Lombardo, Originally featured in The Mighty.