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Old 05-01-2006, 06:51 AM   #1
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General Rant versus Private Concerns in Non-combatant role ...

The "good little" bipolar did his best with the medication route.

He journalled.

He engaged in ceaseless self observation and introspection (which, due to a clinical tendency to obsess over oneself, was nothing requiring major adjustments)...

He thought he fairly aptly identified a gamut of "trigger" areas....

He fully appreciated that the UN-expected upset was the most dangerous....

And he came away from all that quite puzzled.

He pondered how most of the "journey" or "path" in life was NOT necessarilly all that upsetting ~ but the undulations might have differing effects based upon the undulating brain chemistry.

He recalled that there are VERY few guarantees in life (aside from Death and Taxes ~ as good olde Ben Franklin remarked) - and that it's best to try to enjoy the flowers along the path (and minimize fixation on the rubble)....

And so he stumbled along....

Dealing with a day at a time....

And wondering IF the notion that all life is suffering could be offset by the occassional moments of blissful joy....

And since tranquillity resides within....

Perhaps when one IS suffering....

It's best to TRY VERY HARD to....

Find positive triggers from "without"....

To help establish more tranquillity from within....

WHATEVER makes YOU HAPPY (or at least raises a smile) !!!

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Old 05-01-2006, 02:05 PM   #2
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Re: General Rant versus Private Concerns in Non-combatant role ...

Sure wish you had it easier Ben Gone.
When it works, it goes like this:
Take meds
Balance out mood swings

Old 05-01-2006, 06:04 PM   #3
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Re: General Rant versus Private Concerns in Non-combatant role ...

I think thats some of the most identifiable writing I've seen in a long time, except I don't journal enough. It sits right next to my computer. I don't identify triggers enough. And I haven't found tranquility quite yet. But some of the most beautiful things I notice now-a-days are the flowers blooming on the bushes and the perfume in the air.


Old 05-02-2006, 07:26 AM   #4
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Re: General Rant versus Private Concerns in Non-combatant role ...

Thank you BetsyJean.

Thank you oxindenial.

Oddly enough, after posting HERE, a friend sent me an email which included the following.... (the context was self-esteem).... That friend relieves stress through the same proclivity. Endless outdoor coed volleyball (weather permitting), wherein textiles are not necessarilly required. I got hooked on it years ago. It purges most "bad" pent-up chemicals, and even adds its own pleasant stimulus. Now if only it was available by prescription...

Here's the email "copy" ~

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends
of a pole which she carried across her neck.

One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect
and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the
long walk from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived
only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing
home only one and a half pots of water.

Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.

But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and
miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to

After 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke
to the woman one day by the stream.

"I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water
to leak out all the way back to your house."

The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on
your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?"

"That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted
flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk
back, you water them."

"For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to
decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are, there
would not be this beauty to grace the house."

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws
we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and

You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for
the good in them.

SO, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and remember to
smell the flowers on your side of the path.

Old 05-03-2006, 01:39 AM   #5
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Re: General Rant versus Private Concerns in Non-combatant role ...

Ben ~

I love the last one

Hedge ~
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