There is a mental note.

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Even though the circumstances that brought me here were sad and challenging, I am grateful for how this program has changed my life for the better. If everyone learned to accept their powerlessness over other people, prioritize their serenity, and take life one step at a time, life would be a lot better. We will never know, but I bet the world would be better.

The capacity to love and inspire is universal, so is the capacity to hate and discourage. None of us are exempt from aggressive proclivities. Those who are prone to aggression and violence are those who have deep seated feelings of superiority and inferiority. They are present in our interactions from home to school. Bullied does not happen alone. Although there is a ringleader she looks to her people to either sanction her or look the other way.

Even if my ex had never betrayed me, I still wouldn’t have been happy. He was set up by me for an impossible job to make me whole. How could anyone else do it for me if I couldn’t find peace and contentment in myself?

It was one of the low points of my life when I was locked in on a mental health unit for Christmas. The day room was festooned with decorations for weeks. Around the holidays, all of our therapies were centered. There were cookies baked and decorated. The ornaments were too heavy for the tree. Background torture was Christmas carols. The staff made the best of what they had and it was hard to get upset.

The next six weeks will be difficult as cases continue to explode. I don’t have control over this. I can’t do anything except take deep breaths, remain vigilant, and let a lot of stuff go. I may be a hypochondriac, but I am hopeful that I will be able to tame it.

Significant feelings of loss and sadness can still flare up from time to time. It is not a reason for self-critique. We are all emotionally vulnerable, no matter how resilient we are. We are talking about the loss of our fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers, not the loss of conceptual loss.

I wish every day that I didn’t have ME/CFS. I do. A lot of people go on to develop ME because of a serious infection like the one I had. I can smell life without it, and I can taste it. I can no longer smell the lavender fields. I can no longer walk to my favorite restaurant because of the food. The tip of my tongue is where it is. I can’t do all the things I could as a twenty-four year-old. I can’t cross the chasm between the two realities. That isn’t related to manifestation. According to anecdotal news reports and informal surveys, there is evidence that for some of us, this isolation is a boon rather than a trial. A study shows that people with lower emotional stability are better at responding to uncertainty.

It can be difficult to be more self-compassionate because we always want to push ourselves and do better. This can lead to us being self-critical which can have damaging consequences.

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