Making Progress in the School of Hard Knocks (Learning From Challenges)

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Life isn’t just a bowl full of cherries. Most of us will definitely experience events or even periods of our lives that will challenge us in not so pleasant ways. These less than pleasant challenges often bring frustration, sadness, pain (of various sorts), and maybe even occasional trauma, as well. Few major challenges are ever forgotten. Sometimes I look back on mine and strangely appreciate the education and positives they’ve eventually brought me. So are they altogether bad? Continue reading

Two steps forward, then three steps back. What to do?

falling down stepsI bet many of us have uttered my subject line at some point in the past, or even recently. Maybe people have even continued the statement with something like “…and then four steps forward, then three steps back.” I know that kind of progress, or lack thereof, can be extremely frustrating, and maybe even lead to hopelessness, and becoming overwhelmed. Continue reading

The importance of tapering off certain medications

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In the past, I have suffered consequences from not tapering off certain medications according to my doctor’s instructions. Perhaps I finally threw in the towel on a medication because of unbearable side effects and wishing to go off the medication as soon as possible, I took the matter into my own hands.  Hey! It’s my body and brain. I can do whatever I want to do! Yeh, but boy was I in for a big surprise. My illness either came back with a vengeance, and I ended up in the hospital multiple times as a result, or Continue reading

Learning from Cats

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Right now, I am resigned to the necessity of patience and carefully calculated approaches. Being middle-aged, I have learned from the impulsivity of my youth. It took me a very long time to get to this point of control, and ability to safely stay put. Today, I’m aware how important it is to keep my eyes wide open to make sure I know what is ahead, aside and behind me. Continue reading

Efforts to take control of your illness

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The Hope sign is bigger than the Despair sign, and points to the sun.

Taking control of an illness is possible for many, to various degrees, but anyone who has had a serious illness knows control isn’t always that easy. It takes work and often support from various people in your life. Sometimes control doesn’t necessarily mean curing the problem, but just lessening the symptoms and the illness progression. Continue reading

Wounds need time and extra care to really heal

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For a wound to truly heal one must give it the proper time, attention, and treatment. Being too quick to stop the treatment and remove the bandage only leaves it vulnerable to opening up again.

I wrote the above quote referring to all kinds of wounds. Physical wounds, wounds of the heart, and the wounds we suffer from mental strife or illness.

bandages-908873_960_720In the past, after being hurt or wounded by one thing or another, I used to be quick to end treatment and “move on”. I’d try to ignore what had happened when it seemed superficially healed. But deep down the wound would fester, in a sense, even if it had a normal appearance. Sometimes I was hardly aware of the fact, but wondered why I was not feeling 100%. I’d eventually be reminded of that hurt in a greater way, or there would be a scar left years later because of improper treatment. If the wound again showed itself more greatly, perhaps I’d quick treat it a second or third time and move on again, but eventually I’d have to deal with it properly. Only then did it truly heal. Let’s be sure not to leave wounds improperly treated forever.

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