Dodging a bullet (kind of ) and my ego

I had an incident this morning; I took normal OTC medicine that was basic (I didn’t even think about it) and my body did NOT like it. Like I’ve said I am bipolar AND have neurological issues. First off, I was shaky and unsteady, but what was very scary was the prospect that my mental state may be effected. Thank God it wasn’t! When I got to the gym this morning to work out (like usual), I was embarassed, and a very real part of me did not want people to see me in that state;what if they thought badly of me? But you know what,  it helped to put things in perspective; I was having a bad morning (point blank). I am nowhere near perfect mentally or physically and if I was not my best, that is ok! If my pride wanted me to hide from people, I would not work out (or practice) and who would that really hurt:ME. Often times our pride and ego keep us from living life,whether you don’t think you look good enough, are acting good enough, are performing well enough. All you can do is the best you can do at that moment. Don’t let your ego stop you from living your life. We all have flaws, don’t let them consume you to the point of inaction

Mental: Do the best you can with what you’re working with. If you’re having a bad moment or  day; do not beat yourself up over mistakes. Try to learn from them, but no one should expect you to do something perfectly always, ESPECIALLY if it is something you have never done before. Strive for the best, but if you don’t succeed,it is OK. Don’t get discouraged or give up! If you’re having a tough day mentally, talk to someone; don’t hold it inside and let it effect you negatively.

Physical: Regarding exercise;steadily increase your time, repetitions, sets, etc; and they will add up. If you are supposed to do a certain activity (balance, physical therapy, or weights,etc.) for a certain amount of time, push yourself to exceed it (if SAFE!) Regarding health; take care of yourself physically. This can mean: drinking more water (not fluids with sugar) , taking vitamins, taking medication as recommended, eating well,etc. It helps me to have set times to do these things; I tend to be scatter-brained; I need reminders. Alarms and pillboxes help, as does drinking large glasses of water with your meals, this way it is more difficult to forget these things.

Social : I have said it before;it is OK to ask for help if you really need it. Don’t learn to abuse it, but ask if you need it. NO, it does not make you weak or incapable…it makes you human, which if you’re reading this (hopefully!) you are.

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Bruce Combs

Dear Arlyn, Once again your blog has outdone itself (and you, too) demonstrating brave courage in the “face,” of adversity! And publically makes it even more difficult for any of us! Your articles help me beyond words in dealing with my own mental\physical\emotional challenges. I pray (in my meditative fashion) for you daily, and for everyone with difficult challenges. Please keep up your marvelous and daily hard work for all of us. Your daily sharing of your own self and life difficulties help so many of us. With all my respect, admiration, and gratitude, Peace to you and all, Bruce… Read more »


I just try to give the courage and strength back to people. People like you and others help me; so you all use that strength for YOURSELVES, too 🙂