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Bipolar Balance Is A Bird In Flight
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Bipolar Balance is A Bird In Flight

The flight of a bird with its descent and ascent speaks of a harmony between the earth and sky. A bird needs a place to rest as well as the chance to express its freedom in flight. Just as the same bird has the two definitive qualities of rest and flight, it has two attributes that allow the grace of flight; its wings. With only one wing flight is impossible for a bird. With out these dualistic attributes the bird would be grounded and we could not enjoy the flight of birds in our hearts. Being bipolar is the flight of a bird that has just left its nest; erratic, often painful, even sometimes deadly when the flight gets too high and it is time to come down.

Nature teaches us that there are two sides to all things; a night a day, a left a right, a man a woman a right a wrong, to live and to die. Two wings one bird. The bird of being bipolar is to learn how to fly using the wings that we have been given. As a manic bipolar well understands the flight can be a gradual ascent with a high spirited soar as well as a quick descent and an extremely drawn-out grounding; better said, a burial.

Since we are speaking of bipolar disorder, instead of multiplying it with many symptoms and the involved suffering that is experienced, lets simplify it as the disorders description suggests; bipolar is two poles of one real.

Two wings of one bird: fear and hope.

Any bipolar sufferer can relate to the two words of fear and hope and it is less the words but the trail of emotions as the bipolar bird is either in flight or has its head buried in the ground that are understood. It is said that hope is the last of the positive side of our human nature to die (remember we are keeping this simple and as humans we have a right and a wrong and we have a positive and a negative) The difference between a “normal” anthropoid and a bipolar bird is the bipolar is a bird of flight and the normal human just does not have the wings to deal with the maneuvers of a bipolar mind. The “normal” ones usually stifle the flight with medication, which in some cases is needed, but the medication does not teach the bipolar how to fly; it takes knowledge to learn flight.

The bipolar needs to learn how to fly with the wings of hope and fear that we all have been given, those without bipolar wings are not capable of the same flight, it is as if their wings have been clipped. To learn correct flight is to understand how to balance fear and hope and to realize that they are both the skeletal construction of the bipolar wings.

Fear is a wing that is beyond our control but hope is not.

A manic bipolar sufferer will take off with optimism and the creative nature that brings hope for the future, inevitably disrupting their sense of balance because of an extreme euphoria when the flight is too high and the unrealistic desire is crushed. Because the flight is no longer balanced nature will take over and the the high side will be disrupted and the bipolar bird will fall to earth in a state of depression. For every high is a low.

Depression is a cousin to fear, because fear is worry's uncle, and worry is the wife of concern. Concern over that which you have no control over can lead to a constant state of worry and when uncle worry comes knocking and brings his son fear the wife of concern tags along; then we have a party of depression. It is at this party when one wing of the bipolar bird is too strong because of unwanted guests that they have no control over.

Hope will balance the bipolar bird for a smooth flight. Hope is something that is distinct to being human. Hope is what we can fight for. Do not loose hope. Hope has a cousin called thankfulness, thankfulness has a brother contentment, and contentment's wife is joy. There are many things to be thankful for if we take the time to look around, because there is always somebody who has it worse. You have to accept fear and balance it with hope to leave the nest and learn to fly.


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