Mighty Oaks from little Acorns grow….or One Step at a time

mighty oaks from acorns grow...one step at a atime

mighty oaks from acorns grow…one step at a time

Christmas is once more upon us, and for those of us who are lonely or suffer from mental illness, it can be a terrible time if the year.

Everyone else seems to be having a better time, there is so much pressure to fit in and to match the spending of all those around us, and worst of all every body else seems to be so upbeat and be cheerful.

There is no point in even trying to be like them, we tell ourselves, we can never get what they have got, so we might as well just give in, and turn our face to the wall.

Well, I’m here to tell you, and I’m sure my guest authors will tell you, that you are wrong.

I’m not promising you that you will get everything they have. I’m not going tell you that what they have is always worth having. But I am going to tell you that you can get some of the things you want, so long as you break it down into smaller pieces, and take one step at a time

That’s all very well, I hear you say, but it is possible, and you are worth it, so why not give it a go. There is only one of you, you are special, and you alone own your mind

For proof of this I refer you to a recent posts called Driving and cutting by Guest Author JOANNR7, and to an incident in my own past that I still recall only to well.

JOANNR7 suffers from Agoraphobia and other related conditions, but has come to terms with her condition, with the help of those around her. I admire her strength of character to talk openly about her problems, as much as I admire anyone who opens up about such subjects, and I firmly recommend that you read her posts as they are a lesson to us all.

My own experience is one which many will relate to. I was talking to a psychologist who suffered from Multiple Sclerosis. At the time I was so depressed that she nearly sectioned me, and my main argument was that I was akin to shell shocked soldier. There was nothing I could do, I told her, it was all so hopeless, and my problems were all too large. So what, she replied smiling. You can walk, you can talk, and use all your senses; look at me, I’m stuck in a chair.

She wasn’t belittling my illness or my problems, for I had to promise her I would see her for another appointment. Otherwise her hand, which was on the reciever, would pick up the phone. All she was doing, or at least trying to do,as I was in no mood to hear her, was to say to me that there was still hope for the future, albeit one small step at a time.

Thank God, or thank whatever it was inside me that day, registered that message, and so it is that with the Christmas season upon us, I leave you with a touching animation, and a set of pointers which  I hope will give you the strength to carry on and then to grow

  • You are special……as there is only one of you
  • You are not alone… as others ARE there to support you
  • “They” do not matter…..You own your own mind
  • Concentrate on what you can do…..and cast the rest to one side
  • To be an oak, you first need to be an acorn….You are that acorn, and you can get there one step at a time, and finally
  • you are alive, you are breathing…so use that life and use that breath, every breath,to make it a better day

Have  good Christmas folks, if I don’t post before hand, and remember, Christmas is what YOU  make it, so let nobody else decide. I hope you enjoy the animation below, and remember the messeage behind this  past..One Step at a time


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3 replies

  1. Great work! Keep in mind all the fakery that goes into these holidays, all the guilt and shame ads sell us to convinvce us to pretend ever harder that we’re doing great, just great. Great! Just keep spending sand smiling and… faking. You know your own reality, and their fakery, often enough. Beware comparisons!


  2. Very nicely written, thanks for the shout out. The holidays are definitely a difficult time, but there is still wonder to be found. I like the history you gave. And the hope.


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