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Answering My Own Question

It was apparently a very long time since I posted. When I saw my username was Helen Risdon, it startled me. I wondered how to change it because it hasn’t been that legally since 2015.

A shout out to The Mighty App building leadership team. It was easy to figure out how to change it & put a picture that uplifts me. I hope it uplifts you.

By joining the “Distract Me” group today, it did accomplish that. Now it is time to get back to the serious purpose that I was trained & gifted to accomplish in my retirement years…connecting to others who are taking massive action to weave the equitable, respectful foundational, inflation-proof, Caring & Sharing Economy. That sounds just like all who Dreamed Up & took action to launch or participate in The Mighty App! I am “Grandmothering In” anyone who wants to learn with, and from, each other. That is how to have the best life possible moment to moment! I call those kind of volunteer people “Wellness Weavers”. Everyone of us are “The Mighty Wellness Weavers”. Here’s a hand-drawn graphic on a weathered board that represents us...and the Global2local GreenBiz WOMAN, the Wellness Oriented Mutual Aid Network of businesses & nonprofits that connect their present-future& retired employees, affiliates, customers about #TheMighty #WellnessWeavers and our #Empowerment model that addresses #attitude #Positivity #ShiftOurFocus #Outcomes #LivingResearch #cer (Comparative Effective Research) for those who want #Support to process our #aces1 (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and our #ACEs2 (Adult Crisis Experiences)

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Have you ever been called a name by a bully? I used my nurses’ training, study of wholistic wellness that included the knowledge, skills, attitudes for stress resiliency & management. My Child Care Health studies helped me go be a more helpful school nurse when kids were dealing with bullies. It was the CDC’s “ACEs Study” that helped me realize that kids who are being some version of abused, exploited, neglected, lied about or lied to become the bullies. When we can help connect the bullies to the help they need to process their trauma, we can help them break free of the downward spiral that has physical, intellectual, mental, social, spiritual, occupational, & financial consequences. It is more fun to dress up as a “Fairy Godmother, Toothfairy” and ask people what they need, want, wish or pray for. Then I can tap into my training like any conscientious nurse, social worker, mom, grandmother, friend would do to walk along side as you are connected to a solid, helpful action step.

People who make a lot of money selling prescription or street drugs, or receiving the insurance premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and self-pays like that status quo & called me a name with the initials “PB”. I will give you a clue, instead of being insulted I embraced it and replied, “You are right! I must apply every bit of psychology that I have learned from very smart people & the best TV shows of Private Investigators that solved crimes that others couldn’t. You can also bet that I will turn into a superhero & fly into action to protect the Underdogs & any pups that are being tricked & lead astray to be abused, exploited, neglected, & abandoned!”

What are you wishing for? #Hope #Perspective #Empowerment #attitude #Humor #whatsYourWish

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Bad attitude #Depression #Anxiety #MentalHealth #attitude #Badattitude #Relationships

I realised today that lately I have had a really lousy attitude. With the change of direction with the charity my Wife and I run we are selling the property we bought for the charity. A sizeable amount of the proceeds will be used to fund a new charity initiative.

I have been working crazy hours painting, repairing and cleaning the house. Also I have been hiring and
co-ordinating electricians, flooring people, plumbers, carpenters and fencing people. We have had huge cost blowouts due to uncovering fresh problems.

This work load combined with hurting my back has resulted in me having a lousy attitude and that’s not ok. It’s true I am exhausted and in a lot of pain from doing lots of bending, however, I got to focus on the big picture.

The sale of the property will finance the new philanthropic program I have longed dreamt of. Yes the preparation process has been intense but it’s time limited. Redefining how the existing charity is run will bring much needed peace. And there would be no shortage of people who would love to have “the hassle of selling an investment property”.

Bottom line, my attitude has sucked. And using my mental illness as an excuse for my bad attitude is a cop out. I am responsible for how I manage the situation and definitely how I manage my attitude.

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Thought for the day #Depression #MentalHealth #Anxiety #PTSD #Relationships #Hope #Suicide #attitude #Healing

I am conscious that there is some aspects of battling mental illness which I have little control over. I can however control what thoughts are allowed to stay in my mind and which ones I expel and label as lies.

Some days it’s not easy to fulfill the choices of this great quote from Zig Ziglar, but is definitely worth aiming for.

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A teacher asked me this question when I was in primary school. And my answer was "Because, a good attitude will put me in a good look of everyone and it might not bring any misunderstanding with other people." But when I ask back this question to myself now, my answer will be "Because it determines everything else in my life."

I've met people who went through something similar to mine. I know how they feel. These people are talented, experienced, and smart. Unfortunately, few of them are still reliving the events that led up to their failure. What's difference between those people and me? It's our attitudes. I'm not any better than they are or any smarter than they are. I am different from them in one way: I CHOOSE TO SEE MY PAST AND MY FUTURE DIFFERENTLY.

John Maxwell wrote something very good and meaningful about attitude. Let me share it with you all.

It is the 'advance man'of our true selves.
Its roots are inward but its fruit is outward.
It is our best friend or our worst enemy.
It is more honest and more consistent than our words.
It is an outward look based on past experiences.
It is a thing which draws people to us or repels them.
It is never content until it is expressed.
It is the speaker of our present.
It is the prophet of our future.
It is the librarian of our past.

Can you see how important your attitude is? Changing your attitude can literally change your life. It did mine.
It's your choice.

I got off my attitude.

#MentalHealth #Love #Addiction #Anxiety

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I’m gonna review on a story from a book entitled The Gift of Fear by Becker which emphasized on survival signals.

Dylann Roof, brother of Amber Roof had been accused of slaying nine black churchgoers in a racial hate crime in South Carolina after Amber, recognized her brother’s distinctive bowl haircut on TV and called the cops to tip them off. Police apprehended her brother in Shelby, North Carolina - just 3 miles from where Amber’s fiance was living with his children.

Beyond the shock of her brother’s hate crimes and the grief for the victims who lost their lives, Amber was faced with a choice that no wedding planner has ever considered: What do you do when your brother shoots up a church just days before you walk down the aisle on the happiest day of your life?

Of course, Amber and her fiance called off the wedding and went into hiding. They were married weeks later in a secluded cabin, unable to salvage their original plans in their original venue. Amber and her fiance have yet to surface. Solace and normalcy were stolen from her, her husband, and her stepfamily.

Months passed, Amber stated in her Facebook that “The real victims are the ones who lost their lives that day. I should not speak, as it may come off as if I am comparing my pain and loss to theirs”
Well, the nine people who were killed by her brother were indeed victims. But her pain was profound, and she was a victim too. Her pain and their pain aren’t on a scale to be judged, as we can’t view our pain through a hierarchical lens.

Denying your personal pain won’t lessen other people’s suffering. Denying your personal pain will only increase it.

Denial is… a save-now-pay-later scheme, a contract writen entirely in small print, for in the long run, the denying person knows the truth on some level, and it causes a constant low-grade anxiety. Millions of people suffer that anxiety, and denial keeps them from taking action that could reduce the risks (and the worry) (de Becker, 2015).

#PTSD #positive #MentalHealth #attitude #AnxietyBooks #libraries #SpreadTheWordToEndTheWord #Love #selfhealing #psychology #Beauty #Education

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I’m profoundly proud of my wounds, because they stand for everything I’ve been through and survived! I’m always trying to not allow past pain and suffering dictate current well being. I choose to honor myself for the fact that I’ve been through so much and I’m still alive and kicking!!! I have survived a life being Bipolar...with manic episodes and suicidal thoughts.Thankfully those are behind me becausemy meds have been relatively balanced for over a decade; I have survived being HIV+ and Living w/AIDS for 35 years...and all of the Emotional challenges it presented : Fear, Worry, Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Survivor’s Guilt and PTSD; I have survived the Physical health challenges it’s brought into my life: cDefifile (8x) often a week in the hospital, Shingles (2x) once a month in the hospital, Bronchitis (12+x), Pneumonia (3x), Neuropathy that had me bedridden for 9 months and told I may never walk again and still plagues me today; and I have survived the struggle with Addiction throughout my life (9.5 years sober); plus I’m a Covid survivor struggling with regular intense migraines currently. Having a positive outlook and keeping things in perspective offers me hope and encouragement to keep moving on, one day at a time...I still can struggle with depression, but in the big picture: I’m still here and a proud survivor and that is truly a blessing!

#BipolarDepression #BipolarDisorder #Bipolar1Disorder #Depression #Anxiety #Survivor #HIVAIDS #hivlongtermsurvivors #SurvivorsGuilt #Addiction #AddictionRecovery #SOBER #attitude #proud #MentalHealthHero #MentalHealth #Positivity #happy #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #MentalIllnessStigma

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wise words that are crucial to my good health and happiness!!!

You can change your life simply by going from Fear to Love, put on a smile even if it hurts - watch, you’ll get them back your way when you need them! #Depression #Anxiety #BipolarDepression #lonely #Happiness #Healing #Recovery #attitude #MentalHealth #ChronicPain #positivementalattitude #BipolarDisorder