How’s it going today?
I hope you’re having a good day.
I have been having the worst time in the last few days dealing with a company I use for this organization called infusionsoft.
I can’t even begin to tell you all that went on yesterday. I spent about 8 hours on the phone trying to get things solved and figured out.
Anyway, my long running infusionsoft nightmare made me think about this topic today.
You know, we live in a country where there’s freedom.
And you’re probably just as grateful for that freedom as I am.
Many people have given their lives so that we could have that freedom – many still are, unfortunately.
But the US has many laws that govern it too, and we’re supposed to obey those laws.
There are penalties for breaking those laws.
It just has to be that way, right?
Or else everything would break down, and there would just be chaos!
I’m not preaching or anything, and I hope you agree with what I’m saying.
When we were little, we were taught that there are rules, and we have to obey them.
Our parents set down rules for us, and we were punished if we didn’t obey them, right?
Well, we had to obey them. We didn’t have a choice.
Some things we just have to accept in this world. We don’t have a choice.
Some things we just have to accept.
It’s like rules. We just have to accept them.
Well, it’s like bipolar disorder.
You just have to accept that you or your loved one has it.
But NOBODY said that you had to LIKE it.
Yea, they say that you have to accept your disorder.
And I do teach in my courses/systems that you need to accept your disorder to manage it.
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You DO have to accept that you have bipolar disorder in order to manage it, in order to get stable.
But there is NO rule that says you have to LIKE it!
That’s not in the rule book!
What freedom there is in that!
That you can actually have the thought that you can accept the disorder but NOT LIKE IT!
I heard this young woman say that she deals with her bipolar disorder by separating herself from it.
She says that it’s easier to keep her own identity that way.
Like, she thinks of the disorder as a dragon, and she says she HATES that dragon, because she has to fight it every day.
But she can love herself, because she sees herself as kind of the damsel in distress that she has to
rescue every day from the dragon bipolar disorder.
It almost sounds like a fairy tale, doesn’t it?
With dragons and damsels in distress?
No, she’s not delusional, and she is very stable, as a matter of fact.
But she tells me that she HATES her disorder.
And I figure it’s ok for her to do that.
Because they say you have to accept your bipolar disorder, but they never said you had to like it!
That’s NOT in the rules!
Accepting your disorder, however you have to do it (not like how this girl does it is for everyone, each has to find their own way of coping with it) –
But accepting it is what you do have to do in order to become stable.
But asking you to like something like bipolar disorder is like asking someone with cancer to like their cancer!
Now, doesn’t that sound ridiculous?
Or asking someone with diabetes who, like us, has no cure, and has to take medication every day just to stay stable, if they LIKE their diabetes?
Do YOU like your bipolar disorder?
Supporter, do YOU like your loved one’s bipolar disorder?
You can accept something without LIKING it.
Agree or disagree?
David Oliver is the author of the shocking guide “Bipolar Disorder—The REAL Silent Killer.” Click Here to get FREE Information sent via email on how and why bipolar disorder kills.