I am

 

indexI am not a has-been.

I am a will be.

-Lauren Bacall

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Thinking too much

 

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“The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard –

one that thinks too much.”

Benjamin Hoff, The Tao of Pooh

Let Go

LetGo

Sometimes I think people think there is an invisible committee

of half crazed minimalists

conspiring to force them to get rid of all of their material possessions.

There isn’t!

 

If you like your stuff? Keep it!

  • Is there  value in that closet over flowing with unworn clothes?
  • That closet brimming with mismatched bath towels?
  • What about the basement abounding with un-played-with toys and Beanie Babies?
  • That attic stuffed with collections of trinkets?
  • That shelfs overrun by dusty DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes?

Great! Hold tight if you feel so inclined. Permission granted.

You have permission to keep anything that adds value to your life.download
And you have permission to keep anything that doesn’t add value to your life.

But you also have permission to let go.

  • You have permission to clear the clutter.
  • You have permission to remove the excess.
    • —the clothes you don’t wear, the junk you don’t use, the things you hold on to just in case

and focus on what’s truly important to you: health, relationships, passions.

Either way—you have permission.
Of course, you don’t need anyone else’s permission—only your own.

Imagination

point atobLogic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.

— Albert Einstein

Change

change

Any change, even a change for the better,

is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.

Arnold Bennett

Change, my life right now is in a constant state of change.  And yes, Mr. Bennett is right.  It is accompanied by many drawbacks and discomforts.

I’ve always been resistant to change on the inside, while on the outside displaying (or trying to display) the strong, adventurous, scared of nothing persona.  And when I did change something in my life, it was selected carefully and only one thing at a time was changed.

So what got into me?  I have totally turned my world upside down.  I’ve dumped out everything and replaced it with new and alien things.  I’m lost, alone, uncomfortable and confused.

I hate mania……..I hate the pain of change.

Helping Hand

helping hands

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.

By : Jesse Jackson

“Never look down on anybody” are words the world could live by, especially in the world of mental health.  I’ve run across way too many people during my 50 plus years, even people in the healthcare field, that take on an air of superiority when working with someone with a diagnosis.  We are highly intelligent, creative individuals acceptably (most of the time) functioning in this trying world with more to manage than the “normal” person.  And dame it, we do a pretty fine job of it considering.

Creativity

thirst.

“Tapping creativity when you have a mood disorder is like trying to quench your thirst…

Sometimes magic gushes forth and threatens to overflow; other times it drips and trickles— or doesn’t flow at all…

Many of us believe these experiences occur more frequently and more intensely for those of us with mood disorders.”

— Lana Castle, author of Finding Your Bipolar Muse

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