(1) Thankful for the current mania, because I’m in good spirits and getting a lot accomplished.
(2) Thankful for the recent depression, because I got caught up on my sleep and gave my head a rest.
(3) Thankful that I am only mildly and not severely bipolar, because managing this disorder without medication has been both a challenge and a source of beauty in my life.
(4) When I contemplate how hugely I’ve been blessed, I almost feel guilty that I’m not doing my best to return the favor. But it’s a good feeling, a quasi-guilt, kinda more like a heartfelt conviction than a self-abnegation.
(5) Am really enjoying Ashley’s book. She writes very clearly and is obviously an expert on mental health conditions & the DSM-5.
(6) I’m being called upon by the people at the coffee house to subdue the erratic energies of the people from the recovery center next door, which I believe is impossible. However, what I’m grateful for is that someone would consider me mature and responsible enough to be in such a mediating position. Usually it’s my own energies that they want to subdue.
(7) I’m also being called upon to fill the shoes of my musician friend Paul, who passed away suddenly last month. A number of the younger musicians and even their parents are turning to me, because Paul was such a great mentor. While I don’t know that I can follow his act, it’s a good feeling to be thought of as someone who might.
(8) I’m starting to realize that all these things that I tend to perceive as “Mainstream Stress” — the kind of stress that broke me down in 2004 and landed me on the streets for 12 years — are better seen as marvelous opportunities for me to show my shine.
(9) “To whom much is given, much is expected.”
(10) I’m not too manic, I don’t think. Tears are happening, and they are cleansing. One day I believe God will wipe every tear from our eyes. There’s a lot of good in this Universe — we just gotta find it and do something with it. God is Good.
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