This new video-publishing schedule and my plans for a mental health book club are just two of many things that went wrong–or what I consider to be “wrong”–during the course of this past week.
But that’s how it always is, isn’t it? The vision in the mind never matches reality. And that doesn’t mean I’m a failure, nor does it mean that I’ve mistakes.
It means that life’s roadmap follows its own course, and I’m hardly ever in control of what that course ends up being. What I am in control of, I learn with each detour of the roadmap, is that I have the ability to control how I respond. My mental health depends on it.
When things go wrong, I have the ability to reframe the meaning of what’s happening to me. I get the chance to use it as a reminder of the important truth that I am the narrator of my own story, a story that continues as long as I give it meaning.
So no, my plans may not match up with my initial ambitions, but my vision is as clear as I make it to be. I can control that. I can control my attitude, and that’s especially important during these uncertain times.
I’m just one person, but I feel more connected to the world when I share my story. How about you?
P.S. It’s not fully ready, but I’m now accepting sign-ups for this brand-new mental health book club. It will be one book a month with 2 video calls and a discussion-based community available whenever you want it. My mission is to create a safe space to discuss books and mental health issues. It’s a way to learn more about mental health in a fun, no-judgment setting. What can often feel intimidating becomes less so when there is an activity on which to focus. That’s the idea with this mental health book club.
All paying members of The Mental Health Update get free access. For everyone else, it requires either joining The Mental Health Update Members Community or commiting to this new mental health book club community. Learn more here.
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