Happy New Year! I’m so glad we made it alive, hale and healthy, into the New Year.

In the best of my imaginations, I can see so many great things happening this year despite the hostile and disheartening reports of the economic atmosphere in most nations of the world today.   

What can you see? How and what you see is a direct function of the state of your mind. Even when I left the hospital after my first relapse, and I found out that I had to learn how to do everything again, because I experienced a temporary memory lost, I was still conscious of the best that could happen to me. In 2016, you need to be conscious of good. Be conscious of those things you do or can do to add value to other people. 

You need to stop living for yourself, consumed by your own welfare! There is a higher way to live. This way, depression will see less of you and when manic contemplates visiting, she will not find you because you will be so busy doing good, making a positive difference and transforming lives positively by your innate gifting channeled through your dreams and goals.
This is one year, where you can’t afford to live without purpose or direction. This implies that you must discover why you were sent to earth and what your specific assignment is. When you discover the reason why you came, you will see differently. You will, as Bidemi Mark Mordi says,

“be ready to interpret the events and circumstances of your life within the framework of God’s purpose for your life.”

Indeed, when you discover the reason why you came, you will to see differently. You will guard your vision jealousy and ensure that it does not become blurred by grief, pain or any unpleasant occurrence. In Psalms 6:7, David declares,

“My vision is blurred by grief;  my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies.”

Perhaps, you need to make a commitment with yourself today that no matter what happens you will see beyond your circumstances and you will live beyond your limitations. Don’t let sorrow, grief or disappoints (whether by self or from others) stop you. Focus on your purpose and be determined to recover quickly from setbacks. 
Of course, by now am sure you can identify your enemies, if attaining mental balance is one of your goals in 2016. Your mental health enemies include: lack of sufficient sleep, indiscipline in taking your medication as prescribed by your doctor, stress, fear, anxiety, being pessimistic, self-pity, a negative lifestyle, etc… 

What plan do you have in place to manage your mental health enemies this year? 

If you do not manage them effectively, they can wear you out! David said, “…my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies.”
Don’t be consumed by what worked or did not work in 2015. Lift up your eyes, see beyond where you are now, and think positively about what you can do with what you have. Yes, you have something to give back to our world, and the world is waiting on you! Nate Agapi, a successful bipolar warrior says it like this:

”You have value. Even if you hurt; even if you feel weak; even if you rely on someone else for now. You have value…”  

Did you hear Nate say, ‘…even if you rely on someone else for now…? This speaks to your acquaintances, friends and family. They all form your support team. You need the right people, people of like minds, with the right values. You can’t continue to do the same thing and expect a different result. You cannot walk with wise people and not be wise, you can’t associate with persons who are determined to make the best out of 2016 and not end the year with better results. Remember Proverbs 13: 20 

“Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble”

As we advance into the year, be calm; be peaceful. Don’t subject yourself to any pressure to be ‘something’ if you feel you are not. That negative feeling is not a true representation of who you are. What do I mean? Discover who you are! Don’t live your life byother people’s standard. Discover God’s standard for your life and follow it. I wish you a great year ahead.  
My name is Precious, I was bipolar and I live a full life
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of life and for sound mind and for bringing me into the New Year. I ask that you help me to make it my best year ever, and at the end of the year, I will be careful to thank you again in Jesus name, Amen.
Twitter: Nate Agapi @NateAgap (A #bipolar warrior. I wage war with #depression and #mania every day. I tweet about the war.)
Bidemi Mark Mordi: A Speaker, Writer, Publisher, Author, Entrepreneur, Mentor and Life Coach with over 15 years’ practical experience. Helping people fulfill their purpose and potential is her dream and life’s work. www.bidemimarkmordi.com
Psalms 6:7, Proverbs 13: 20- New Living Translation (NLT)
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