Opening Post

Happy New Year?

Well, I would wish you a Happy New Year, but is it?

I, along with everyone else I know, was so very happy to see 2020 end and was more than happy to welcome in 2021 with open arms, totally optimistic and expecting that the new year would bring with it better times.

Well, it doesn’t seem to be so. At least not yet. It was good news that the Covid-19 vaccine is out and is being distributed. Many people are happy about that, although it’s going to be a while before people like us are going to get it. My doctor says that my husband and I should be able to get it late winter early spring because he has a heart condition and diabetes and I am older. So I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

But what happened the other day with Trump was just appalling! He totally incited a riot! People storming the White House and causing five deaths! And he told them to do it! Yes he did. And now he is “sorry” for it. Yeah, right. Like he means it. He is no more sincere about that than my dog. Sorry. You know I don’t get political on here (or anywhere else for that matter), but I just felt I had to say something about this horrible event.

I mean, what are things coming to when our supposed president (at least for another 11 days) causes a riot like that with lives lost? If anyone else (like a private citizen) would have done that, he would have been arrested and charged. But not Trump! From what I read, though, he may still yet 11 days from now, so watch out.

These are scary times, my friend. There is just no telling what may happen over the next 11 days. He just refuses to go out peacefully and submit to the fact that he lost to Biden. There is no gracefully about it. This is just so sad.

The problem for us (people with bipolar disorder) is that the number one thing we have to watch is our levels of stress. If we don’t, we could very well go into a bipolar episode, and that is the last thing we want.

So, we have to be careful watching the news and hearing about everything bad that is happening around us these days and how we process it. We just cannot have any stress in our lives – we cannot afford it, because we have to manage our bipolar disorder to maintain our stability and our mental health (to say nothing about our overall happiness).

I’d like to remain optimistic in spite of everything that’s happening. The only way I can do that is to trust in the Lord. He knew all this would happen, and He’s got it all under control.

I’ve got a Scripture by my computer that says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee.” (Isa. 26:3). Standing on that Scripture helps me a lot to maintain my peace of mind and control my bipolar disorder and my stability.

Hopefully it might help you as well.

Wishing you joy and stability in this new year as always,

Remember God loves you and so do I,

Michele

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