Saturday, July 30, 2005
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Uncovering hope. The intangibility of hope is in its measurement and not its effect. Hope can be found in what a person can do and what is available. Growing hope involves having faith in what is possible; recognizing and building on seeds of hope when they appear; and—most critically—not extinguishing it.
Copyright 2000 by Kathleen Crowley, all rights reserved. Used with permission.
Monday, July 25, 2005
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Practical partnering in health care. Bernie Siegel, M.D., notes, “the most important kind of assertiveness a patient can demonstrate is in the formation of a participatory relationship with the doctor. Most patients don’t talk to their doctors or ask a lot of questions for fear of angering this person who is going to ‘make’ them well.” In health care, compliance and choice are often mirror images, and active partnering steps by professionals, consumers, and family members, within current systems, can radically improve the procovery process.
Friday, July 22, 2005
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
"Coming out of the closet" is a term used by homosexual individuals to describe the process of self-revelation. Similarly to a mental disorder, people with same-sex preferences have had to "hide" a part of who they are, a part of their essential being and personhood. One way to become aware of what gays as well as mentally ill people go through is to imagine a world where heterosexuality was condemmed. In that scene, people who liked the opposite sex would be a minority. So they would likely be misunderstood, mistreated, and maligned. They could not be open about their "dirty little secret" because it would have severe social and employment consequences. To even consider becoming more "open" about who we actually are is a supreme act of courage. And yet, as one of my favorite therapists Mark Robinson once said: "There are very few true needs, but one of them is to be fully known".
Click on the title for a link to a great article discussing the "Risk in Emotional Disclosure"
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Here's a little puzzle for you. It is one of the things I have found out about life. This is true especially as someone with a mental disorder. See if you can figure it out. If so, tell me what you think it means, and whether or not it has been true for you!
Monday, July 18, 2005
from The Power of Procovery - page 121
Copyright Kathleen Crowley, 2000, used with permission.
Many consumers have to live on a tight budget. This can be seriously restrictive: even 'spirit breaking'! It is sad that one's resources are limited to the point of - creatitivity shattered.
My coping method for limited income is gratefulnes for phone contact and people contact between us poverty level consumers. Even a poor man can use the phone or visit a friend. Let us find institutions in our selves and our relationships when we cannot depend on incomes and resources. Jesus says life does not consist in the abundance of our possessions. He knew the richness of 'humanity' alone. We risk our vulnerability when making friends but there is the chance of friendship for a life-time.
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Alia Originally uploaded by photomiller.
Friday, July 15, 2005
Sometimes things in life actually come together: they meet in the same place, same time. Like this photo of mine. . .
Right place: Missouri Botanical Gardens.
Right time: waterlilies in fresh, full bloom.
Right moment: light wafting through their translucent petals.
But it won't happen if you stay at home. "90% of life is just showing up" - Woody Allen. Get out, meet a friend and go someplace inspiring!
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Nobody can stand up for you like YOU can. It takes grit and determination to survive, let alone get healthy. This cat's not going to let anyone steamroller him. Look into those eyes and take courage. . .
The nice thing is, that Procovery reminds us that we can "just start anywhere"
Monday, July 11, 2005
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Friday, July 08, 2005
Sometimes life is an uphill climb. Sometimes it feels like there's no end to the climbing, and the effort. Taking time to find ways to enjoy where we are right now can keep us from being overwhelmed by the difficulty of the journey.
osmeterium (not tongue) of black swallowtail caterpillar Originally uploaded by mimbrava.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Monday, July 04, 2005
Saturday, July 02, 2005
1k-1899 - Happy Fourth of July - I'm taking a break!!!
Originally uploaded by creativity+.
Have you ever felt like this cat?