I often blog about mental health issues because I have lived a life of great strife. Strife I self-inflict and strife cast against me. It’s not just me that hurts me. I have been tremendously hurt and traumatized throughout my life by others. My body hurts me: I suffer from chronic migraines, chronic pain, chronic fatigue and to top it off, I am bipolar. I am an extrovert who often finds herself isolated and alone. Usually I am in self-imposed exile, but it’s not always physical exile. Many times I feel socially exiled because my life looks and feels so different than those of my family and my friends or perhaps I am with them physically but doing my best to put on a brave face and appear “happy” or “normal.”
I have great friends. True friends. They love me and support me in spite of my mood swings, irritability, insecurities, and socio-economic status. They are there for me if and when I am willing to reach out to them and let them help me. I have great friends because I am a great friend whenever I am capable. I am steadfast in my love and loyalty to them. They have earned it and so much more.
Today’s quote honors those friendships and the struggles that I know we all face, whether they are similar to mine or entirely different. Everyone struggles. Everyone suffers. Everyone hurts sometimes. And to get through the struggles we must endure it is essential that we never give up in our faith and trust in God — or the life process, karma, insert your belief system here — that things will get better. Each struggle is independent of the rest. Some people do appear to live harder lives than others, but that is not because we are not all equally deserving. God offers blessings to us each day if we can crawl out of bed, put on our shoes, and live our life with our mind in the moment and our eyes on the lookout for blessings, which are there for us to find.
This quote is also chosen today because it is the holiday season which is commonly a very, very difficult time for people. For some it is the additional costs associated with the holiday. For others it can be feelings of obligation to others we do not agree with. Even the fast pace of the clock ticking down to Christmas can add great stress to those who are otherwise happy. The fact that it is Christmas (a typical family-oriented holiday) causes pain to those who are or think they are alone. Social expectations that this is a happy, merry, time of cheer can cause additional pressure to those who struggle to maintain balance and stability with their moods (anxiety, depression, mania, etc.).
It is also an election year with a highly contentious and divided reflection on the outcome and future. This is the third spire of why I have chosen wisdom from Winston Churchill. I hope you will find it helpful in bringing to you strength and courage to persevere through your dark times, whatever the cause, even if only for a day or a moment.
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