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It’s not what happens to one in life that counts, but what one does about it.

 

It’s not what happens to one in life that counts, but, what one does about it

I was to learn one of life’s hardest lessons from the people in our support group;

It’s not what happens to one in life that counts, but, what one does about it.

 I followed the group’s advice and made sure to find something that I enjoyed doing every single day, no matter how small or insignificant. I discovered that there could be good times for a family like ours; for a family that had to measure success in millimeters; for a family that had to learn to accept life, no matter how it was dished up.

 The social worker running our group told us to get rid of all our guilt feelings because nobody could cause schizophrenia, which was earth shattering to many of our group members. On the spur of the moment, I asked everyone to repeat the following sentence after me; 

 ‘No one can cause schizophrenia.

 ‘GET RID OF YOUR GUILT FEELINGS BECAUSE NO ONE CAN CAUSE SCHIZOPHRENIA.’

 ‘Nothing you do or don’t do will make any difference.

 

“So why do some professionals blame us then?” a mother asked.

“Maybe because they are from the old school of psychiatry,” I replied.

 

 “This is what I read in a book written by a well-known psychiatrist in the U.S.

 

People do not cause schizophrenia. They merely blame one another for doing so.

 

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