Monday, 27 September 2010
This posting marks a personal milestone for me. This is blog number 200. This blog of hope was born on February 21, 2007, and from the outset, my aim was to demonstrate that my mental health concerns are only a small part of who I am. It has always been, and always will be, about reducing the unfair stigma and labelling that those with mental health issues have endured. My personal observations have been that public perception and awareness has vastly improved through positive interaction.
Originally, I had planned to do a quirky blog to celebrate this anniversary. That changed after my last posting. Instead, I dedicate this landmark posting to you. I want to extend my heartfelt thanks for your ongoing kindness and support. The kind and caring comments in my last blog are testimony to just how much goodness there really is in our world. I always look for the good in people and I have witnessed humanity at its finest. For this, I am truly and deeply grateful.
Last night, I went out for a stroll in my garden. I observed the wonderfully resplendent leaves of the little Acer tree. Tis the glory of autumn painting the landscape with warm and vibrant colours.
I listened to the rustling leaves,
The wind that blew through bending trees,
Indeed, my soul was put at ease.
I do live my life, as best I can, with realistic positive anticipation, rather than negative speculation. I know that everyday and in every way, I'm getting better and better. I challenge the 'inner critic', for the inner critic tells me lies. I must continue to tell myself that a positive environment starts from within. Positive affirmations reinforce the will, the desire, to live a happy and peaceful life.
The breeze played a gentle tune upon the wind chimes. A loving tune of hope, wonder, inspiration and positivity. Can you hear that gentle tune?
This blog is dedicated to you.