How are you doing today?
I hope you’re doing well.
You know, there are many people who have written about how life is a journey.
But I wanted to share with you something that Michele, who works for me and has bipolar disorder, wrote about bipolar disorder being a journey.
“The road to recovery is more of a
journey than an actual destination.
You will never fully “arrive,” for
there is no cure. But you do have a
choice in how you make your journey.”
Aren’t those words of wisdom?
It’s certainly a positive way of looking at the disorder.
Michele is a very good worker for me, and I enjoy working with her, because she has such a positive attitude, which you can see by what she wrote.
She’s a good example of someone who controls the disorder instead of the disorder controlling her.
In my courses/systems, I talk about how you have to make choices, and that those choices have to be good ones.
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
It’s like what Michele said:
You have a CHOICE in how you make your journey.
Many people, when they’re diagnosed with bipolar disorder, think of it like a death sentence.
They let that color their whole approach to the disorder and, even, their lives.
But I’m always telling you, aren’t I, that part of recovery is in your attitude.
The success stories that I have from people are from positive people.
Their attitude helps them to manage their disorder.
See, some people don’t think they have a choice in things.
Like bipolar disorder.
When they’re first diagnosed, they think that just because an episode influences your thoughts and causes you to make bad choices, that it will be that way all the time, and you can never trust your own choices at all.
But that’s not true.
Bipolar disorder can be managed.
And there are more times without episodes than there are with episodes.
Of course, during an episode, no major decisions should be made, but I’m not talking about that.
I’m talking about the fact that YOU have some control over bipolar disorder.
YOU have control over your attitude.
YOU have control over your decisions.
Like Michele said, YOU have a CHOICE.
She has the attitude that you need to reach recovery.
By looking at it as a journey, you realize that it will take time.
You won’t be as disappointed with setbacks.
Because in the journey of life there are setbacks, too.
But they don’t stop you from continuing on your journey.
You learn from your mistakes, and hopefully won’t repeat them.
It can be the same with dealing with bipolar disorder, whether you have the disorder or are supporting someone who does.
It’s up to YOU how you make this journey.
The important thing to remember is that you DO have a choice.
You CAN choose to have control over the disorder instead of letting the disorder control you and your life.
What do you think about what Michele said?
Do you agree or disagree?