It Could Make All the Difference, Mid- Afternoon Mental Moment

Rethink Mental Illness

You might be surprised/

Today’s Mental moment –

depsite the obvious of being late and not mid afternoon, – not even where I am,

Is an important one, with a deep message.

For real.

I like to do these on Fridays because then you think on it for the entire weekend.  (that sounded really good huh?)

It illustrates how greatly  patience,  willingness  to compromise and the effort  to  adapt, can make a huge difference in …someone’s life.

We all have things we are good at and we have things that we can give everything we have to, and just not quite get it.

Sometimes it may be something that affects another persons  life and makes what they do more difficult.

I would imagine that working with, having a friendship or relationship with someone who has a mental illness might be something that would make another, mentally healthy person’s life a little bit harder.

Sometimes a lot harder.

After awhile,  you may think that it would be easier to just throw in the towel and … give up on the person with the mental illness.

Even though you know they are trying as hard as they can to be …. good.

Taking a moment to step back and assess the situation and adapting on your part, compromising perhaps to allow for the person, instead of leaving them, can make all the difference in the world to someone who is mentally ill and only wants to be loved and accepted and appreciated.

Just like everyone else.

If they are trying  – isn’t it worth trying too?

Something to think about.

Enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend!  Don’t drink  Green Beer too fast..  have a shot of Irish whiskey in between rounds.

Lizzie Cracked (not broken)  and not always able to get it right.  But I really really try.

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17 responses to “It Could Make All the Difference, Mid- Afternoon Mental Moment

  1. Dude, when you’re on, you’re on.Even when you’re off, you’re on.
    For a lot of mental illness, I think there is simply a matter of degree between those who are diagnosed and those who aren’t.
    A bit further in any direction,or a small chemical imbalance, and there are probably an easy dozen I can be tagged with.

    Good people are hard enough to find as it is, and having to be a bit more patient with a friend isn’t worth ending or missing a friendship at all,

    Rock on, Lizzie C!
    And before Hobbler asks, Partly Cloudy played in front of Up.

    • it did? did you have to Google that or just knew it? Who cares that is awesome! thanks 🙂 I suppose one should consider that the friends that are not mentally ill that are the most patient, and caring – and have a desire to understand…may be in fact a little cracked themselves – just not with papers to prove it 😉 … a dozen or so you think? well that explains so much… thank you..
      A huge difference… really. 🙂

  2. I love this. I’ve struggled with depression my entire adult life. I’ve also been the overbearing, trying too hard, embroiled in chaos tornado in the lives of others and had people just give up on dealing with me. I get it, I was exhausting to be around and deal with for too long.

    Sadly, this includes having had family members that I love dearly not want anything to do with me. And I have tried, tried, and tried over the years.

    Counseling, medication, out-patient behavior therapy, group therapy, family therapy, group family therapy, self-help books, groups, church: book study, prayer, and recovery groups. You name it, I’ve probably tried it in terms of seeking growth, change, and healing. Nothing hurts so much as realizing that despite your efforts, you can’t/won’t be “normal” or “well” all you can do is be ok with where you are.

    But, I’m caring, compassionate, intelligent, and deeply empathetic with the plight of others – even those whom I don’t necessarily like/understand/agree with. And, because of how I’ve been treated and marginalized, it means that even if it exhausts me, I will make the time to connect with those who remind me of me at my most challenging.

    • it has bee my experience that many mentally ill people have a huge capacity for empathy and compassion… and often in the right mind frame patience above and beyond… and I have have been blessed to have some people especially lately that not only are able to make allowances for my ..disorder they actually accept me without question… it has been a truly gratifying experience and has made all the difference in the world to me.. I’m sorry for your struggles, I felt your words…. I guess the best we can do is keep trying and give more weight to the words and actions of those that believe in us and stick by us then we do to those who can not or will not… thank you for sharing your thoughts….

  3. Thanks Lizzie – it’s not easy, and being given ‘Tags’ like mental health aren’t always helpful. People are people. Understanding is a problem for everybody. Learning, adapting and growing together isn’t easy, but it’s also the best recovery option there is….

  4. The world would certainly be a better place if we could all take the above advice! What a cute video. Not only am I learning something. My mental state is getting better and better as I go through each one. For Realies! 🙂

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