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To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
~Christian D. Larson

11 thoughts on “Promise Yourself

  1. Probably why the rate of suicide in America is rising and will keep rising. If a person has psychotic breaks with reality, panic attacks and cannot function within society Yes society will not accept you nor will you be allowed a place at the table. It’s not so much a definition of “Normal.” I’ve seen many of mentally ill homeless people on the subways. Walking around half naked in 20 degree weather is not normal. Being filthy and dirty is not normal. Self harming is not normal. But will these poor unfortunate people ever find a way back into society. Probably not. Especially homeless people. Sadly they are designated as castoffs. It is very easy to fall between the cracks in America. Very easy. The social net has been breaking down and collapsing for years. Famous people who commit suicide everyone is shocked. But for every famous person is an average person who had no chance. Whose life will be forgotten and they will be buried in Potters Field.

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    1. Back home those people you described, we would say their head is gone, meaning the mind. There are many things that destroys the mind. I have a girlfriend show went out of her mind after a bad breakup, complete loss of reality. She has a brilliant, beautiful mind as a lawyer, now she lives in a reality where she’s comfortable. He family have chosen not to institutionalise her or dope her up on meds. She just play along.

      On the other side of the spectrum is my uncle who suffers Schizophrenia, he lives in a world of his own. He’s been in and out of institutions for as long as I can remember, when he’s on his meds, he worse because he just sits there. I’ve had my own battle with depression, my ex said I was not normal, I asked him what is normal. When I’m in my quiet place, I feel better, on meds I see purple elephants. I prefer to feel better than see purple flying elephant.

      The argument of mental health can go on into infinity. I sympathise with those suffering. The way I see everyone has a contribution to give whether society choose to see it or not.

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  2. For me those shall forever be broken promises. If wishing and willpower could overcome bi-polar, depression, anxiety and panic attacks I would not have been suffering for these last 40+ years. My only hope is that science will be able to isolate the gene(s) for depression and develop a cure. Positive thinking and saying affirmations does not work because I’ve been doing it for years. I’ve also listened to every Motivational Speaker on the planet.

    Plus my situation is complicated by having had several head injuries over the years the latest one being in March 2018. Sadly my disease runs me. It governs my life. It is my life. No matter what I do nor how many doctors I see and I’ve seen a lot and been in the hospital the strategies they give me work for a while. A few hours. A few days. Then it’s back to square one. Always backwards. Always retracing my steps hoping for a deliverance that will never come. But I keep trying despite constant failure. But know that this is a disease just like cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes are diseases. Nobody who has these diseases is able to wish them away. But at least modern medicine can give you medication or you can change your diet to at least keep them at bay. But diseases of the mind are much more complicated and complex.

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    1. It’s not a matter of wishing them away. While disease of the mind is more complicated and complex. The mind is also complicated and complex and here in lies the problem. I believe in the mind more so than morden medcine 😉

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      1. When your mind, your brain is broken there is only modern science left. Mental illness has a strong grip that very few people can get away from. If people had the control that so-called normal people claim there would be No mental wards or mental hospitals. There would be no suicide. You can’t put faith in a mind that does not function properly.

        Medical Research can provide cures just like Dr. Jonas Salk did with the Polio vaccine. You don’t see people in iron lungs or crippled by polio like you did in the early part of the 20th Century.

        Also Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, Robin Williams, etc…. Proof that this is a disease and a disease that eventually kills you. Those were successful people who had everything going for them. If mental illness took them it will take anybody of any race, culture, economics, faith, etc…

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      2. True. There are many ways of approaching mental illness other than medication but medicine does have its place. My mother had Schizophrenia which caused her to suffer horribly. Finally we had to remove all the knives from the house before someone got hurt or killed. However proper medication gave me my mother back for the last three years of her life. I was grateful.

        I did respond to some medications but just because it didn’t work for me does not mean it won’t save somebody’s life. I agree that there need to be other modalities/strategies to tackle each individual case of mental illness however if that person poses a danger to themselves or others, Say Yes to the medication.

        Yayoi Kusama is Japan’s most famous and prolific artist. She has had many successful art shows despite her mental illness. Currently she lives in a mental hospital in Japan but her art studio is nearby where she continues to create. She is close to 90 years old. Truly an amazing woman.

        Certain cultures embrace and set up support systems for the mentally ill. New York and America are not one of them. You can tell that by the rate of mentally ill incarcerated as opposed to getting proper care, threadbare homeless people in rags starving and dying in the brutal New York winters and the small percentage of mentally ill who have access to guns and go on murder sprees.

        My contributions are neither here nor there without a support system to care for me. Since I live in a white Western culture I must prepare for my future in terms of the society that I live in. Whether I continue as an artist and a writer frankly nobody cares. So my goal is to survive..

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