(More thoughts from the long grass)
It’s a dragon, Jim. But not as we know it.
Ah such an ‘Unvirtuous’ circle.
Good days and bad days.
Good days, sense of urgency to get things done. Then bad days. Best laid plans get shelved.
You have to let people down. And worse, you don’t really want to tell the truth – to some, an injured wolf is a poor bet – opportunities dissolve.
So when dragon snarls, what does one do?
Some truths. Tried and tested.
Be honest and open with those you trust. You’re being pushed into a terribly hard journey, don’t make it harder by having to duck and weave.
Expand your view of what is what. Bad to be poorly, good to be alive. To share. To teach.
Give yourself a break and listen to your body. Biology is consciousness.
Take an audit of what you can do from home. What you may do if you feel alright, and what you need to 100% put on hold. If people don’t like it, then they’re not worth your time. Or your courage.
Is Money an issue?
Look for help, speak to friends and family, doctors etc..the support is there. Money has two faces. Don’t assume it’s an enemy. There is always a way. Always.
Stay positive and focused – if you’re relapsing, then it means you’ve beaten it once. You can do it again – but you need ‘you’ on your side. More than anyone else.
Get clear. On everything – what’s worrying, what’s good, what’s odd, hopeful, scary – everything. Write it down. Talk, share and then understand where you need support.
Outside of medicine, build your back up team – healers, mentors, friends. And create a physical environment that supports what you need. Make it warm (sir). Make it healing. Safe. Honest. Supportive.
And know. Above all else. Know that everything will be ok. You, them and even those people over there. Everything will be ok.
We are not broken. We are simply human. And to be human is a wonderful thing.
Embrace the dualism of life. The balance, the perfect balance that exists in all things. No one thing can exist without its polar opposite. And so we can remove labels and find the deep calm in allowing ourselves to be expressed by and through nature.
There is a time for everything. And this too, will pass.