Day EIGHT: April A-Z Blogging Challenge 2015
“Metaphorically, having different brain wiring is like being born left-handed in a right-handed world. Society and the self-help sections in bookstores are quick to suggest right-handed solutions”. Jeff Copper, founder of Attention Talk Radio
Heightening Awareness and Uncovering Hidden Treasures:
Living a successful life needs skill. With practice, skill becomes second nature and the struggle a little less. As with any challenge, living with a mental health issue whether mild or severe, requires knowledge or awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses and the will power and motivation to live by these strengths. As mentioned in one of my previous articles, C is for Creative, people whose brains are wired in a different way, usually have gifts or talents that have to be unearthed. The key word here is ‘hidden‘. Whether the affected person or the caretaker, parents, teachers, siblings and even friends, one requires to do some ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking here.
Once you acknowledge and admit to the presence of a mental health issue, and I stress this, whether mild or severe, a sense of relief sets in. At least you know what you are dealing with to some extent, and hence can make some necessary changes. This is how a heightened sense of awareness can work for you to your advantage. And then comes the next part.
Use this knowledge to encourage strengths in oneself. You might not be good in math, but you could be a wizard with words. Then go for that which comes to you naturally, build on it, perfect it and then if you want , after gaining confidence, shift gears. Use your own strengths and God-given gifts to build up your self-esteem. Let the world go at its own pace. Have the courage to discover yours. When this is done, what is hidden, emerges. It is a proven fact that when one sense (out of the five of sight, smell, touch, hearing or taste) is weak, another gets heightened. Thus blind people have an acute sense of hearing or touch and so on. So too with the brain functions related to the mind. Nature usually compensates in some manner. Look for it, search it out and develop that, instead of lamenting what is not ! There is a wonderful article that you can read on this by Jeff Copper that is titled, ‘Don’t Try Harder, Try Different‘ !
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