Monday, February 21, 2011

Contemplative Monday

Just finished reading a book about bi-polar illness, Changing My Mind. It was written by Margaret Trudeau who was married to a former Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

Ms. Trudeau has 'battled' mental illness all of her adult life and has just recently come to terms with it. She is managing her illness quite well now.

My mother was also bi-polar all of her adult life. This book gave me some insights into another person's journey with this insidious illness.

Ms. Trudeau says in the last paragraph of her book: 

" On a final note, I consider my bipolar condition a gift to me. I have almost touched heaven in my mania, I have been plunged into the depths of despair in my depressions, but with the love and compassion that have been shown to me, I have weathered all the storms, and I believe I am equipped now to face any new challenges that my life will inevitably put before me."

Certainly 'food for thought'.

All photos taken by Ron yesterday at the beach.
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