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Re: 1,000 positive stepping stones on the path to healing ( 11:04:26 WedDec 29 2004 ) |
Let's see... not sure if this is the right place, if it's okay for f/f to post...but something rather nice happened tonight, and I count it as a healing step, not because it was something good that happened ( I know things can't always go how we want) but because I felt good about my reactions, and state of mind. I felt calmer than in the past.
I unexpectedly heard from a friend this evening. I had worried over wishing him a Merry Christmas, and in the end did send him something (although I had a lot of doubts). Anyway, I knew if i did this I'd have to be careful and not expect any reaction, but he actually did say thanks. He also told me about how he was seeing someone to help him with panicky feelings and obsessiveness. I didn't know if he had any awareness about getting help for anything before, so it was nice to know that he is at least open to these things. I'd never talked to him about my own mental health issues before either (felt he might think there was too much of a stigma attached), so I told him about a self-help group I've gone to, and he seemed interested.
From past experience, I know to take our encounters with a grain of salt, and not get too overly elated, or too upset. So, like I said, I feel like I am getting a little better in how I react to both the good and bad... and as a bonus, I am glad for him to be getting some help and to feel he could share some things about it with me.
p.s. To Jimmie: I read your other post too. I think it's easy for me to 'talk the talk' when it comes to my mental health, but sometimes I don't really feel like I'm actually putting the things I learn into action, or connecting with what I say. I have to go back to the simplest things, and work on those.. and remember not to be too critical of myself for having setbacks. Anyway, I'm glad your appointment was helpful and that you are able to be so honest with yourself and your therapist.
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