Thursday, January 01, 2015


Sydney, Australia 

This is a good time to start all over again.  I do not mean with a bunch of resolutions that will be broken within the first few weeks or days of 2015, but rather with a new approach to your recovery journey.  All of us are trying to recover from something.  Folks with a psychiatric label are not unique.  Some of us with labels may have bigger hurdles than the majority of the population, but all humans have hurdles.  This we have in common and should make it easier to understand each other.  Just because we climb different mountains does not mean we should not be united as mountain climbers. My point is that we all struggle with life and we all should be willing to help each other make it through the tough times.  That is the very meaning of community.  Being there for each other no matter what.

I would like to share with you a way of looking at starting a new life.  I will use the acronym O.W.N.

O.  Own who you are and stop trying to be somebody else or trying to be the person someone else wants you to be.  Follow your own dreams even if others think they will not work.  You are the only one who truly knows who you are and what you can do.  No mental health professional, minister, friend or family member knows your insides better than you know yourself.  Be truthful with yourself and follow that truth wherever it leads you.  It is your right to decide the path you should be on.  Take the path of your own dreams.

W.  Write your own story and don’t let someone else write it.  I have looked at my psychiatric chart more than once.  It is not a true picture of me.  I must write my own picture and define myself.  Actually writing it down on paper will help.  Write a story that tells who you are.  You will feel much better about yourself once you have told your own story rather than letting other people say who you are.

N.   Now. Start now.  Own yourself today.  Both the good and the bad.  For this to work a person must be willing to look deep within and not fear what they see.  One cannot start a recovery journey from a place of falsehood.  Only truth will lead to a path worth traveling, but the time to start is today.

Make January 1, 2015 the beginning of a new life and a new recovery journey.

© Ed Cooper, January 1, 2015, Stoney Creek, TN
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