I guess we all have a tendency to get loony occasionally. We all susceptible to getting ill too. I’ve noticed laid back passive people can get awfully ill when they’re pushed too far into a corner. Imagine holding back all the irritants until it must explode in bursts of energy. Saving up. I wouldn’t want to get in the way of a passive relative (or anyone) that’s saved up.
3 thoughts on “Bipolar relatives”
Excerpt from FB friend:
“[As we move through life, we develop all sorts of shortcuts for finding happiness: daily routines, preferences, bits of wisdom we accumulate like post-it notes posted on our experience. The problem isn’t that these things are false, for they often contain a fair amount of truth, but that we relate to them with ignorance about the mind’s role in creating happiness. We forget, in other words, that the value of whatever we do depends mainly on the attitude we bring to doing it:
[…]And so the most important habit you must develop is the habit of asking yourself, “What would be an act of self-love right now?” As my teacher says, the true answer to that question is often the opposite of the loud words in your head: if a voice says you should indulge in sense-pleasure, restraint might be the most loving thing to do; if a voice says work harder, resting might be the most loving thing to do.
Try to think a bit less and focus on your breath a bit more. If you can feel the life in your lungs and understand how it wants to move, you will learn all you need to know about taking care of yourself. ”
So, how could I remotely help a loved one (relative or not) whom I think is bipolar? Well, remotely. Of course! From a distance. Not exactly a brave choice. Sometimes necessary though.
A relative might not be so lovable, son, daughter, grandchild. Elders are not meant to go to battle. Children are not warriors either. Say a prayer and let it go. Hope for the best and let it show. Be kind!
A soft answer turns anger away.
Save up, as in (frustrated) I ain’t putting up with any more crap.