Sunday, December 30, 2012

Positivity... Part 2

According to spell check, I made up the word positivity. Either that or I butchered the spelling so badly that spell check has no idea what I'm trying to say. I like it, so I'm keeping it. That solves that

I follow quite a few blogs on a regular basis. Craft blogs, autism blogs, and mental health blogs... and that's only a few examples. What I've noticed about a lot of them is that they tend to focus on how hard things are. Let me make something absolutely clear before I continue here. Things are hard. So incredibly hard sometimes. The hard parts have to be shown, those parts are so important in order for people to understand what it is truly like to live the life we do. I value those blogs, those raw and incredible blogs, very highly.

That being said, I don't really have many times here where things are that hard. We don't need crisis intervention. We don't need psych hospitals, residential treatment centers, medication cocktails, or restraints. My children don't have many moments of violence or aggression (those moments do happen, just not often), they have never had any active suicide attempts (a LOT of talking about it, never attempted), and Beth has never been so lost in her psychosis that we couldn't reach her. I consider these things blessings but I do recognize that its very possible that we are living on borrowed time with these things. I take each day as it comes.

Two of my children do have regular self-injurious behaviors. One has near paralyzing bouts of anxiety. Three of them have sensory issues so badly that even basic normal activities have to have back up plans. Occasionally Beth's hallucinations and paranoia will get so bad that she will literally be unable to shower by herself. She will stand there under the water and just sob that she can't and that she forgot. Those are just a few small examples.

So yes, things can get hard here too. So many blogs cover the hard times though that I am going to focus more on our successes. I will touch on our hard times. I will touch on my sadness sometimes because I am human and sometimes I feel hurt or sad too. Most of all though, I'm going to remain positive. I'm going to show our silver lining. Because as this new year approaches I am going to do everything in my power to remain positive. I want to see if blogging regularly, and in a positive light (at least balanced with some rough times) helps me stay in the right mindset to correct some of my health problems. 

So bring it on New Year. I think I might actually be ready this year!  


  1. It really does help to remain positive. I follow a blog that hosts a blog hop every Thursday... it is about reasons to be cheerful! :)
    Happy New Year.

  2. I think positivity sums it up nicely! Everyone could use far more positive things to focus on!