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By Kozi Arrington

This new climate of change has caused me to be more aware of my surroundings. I opened my eyes and I looked around. I intentionally looked at things I seldom notice; everyday things, ordinary things…mundane things and things that I would normally take for granted. 

I realized that the visibly invisible things are just as important as the things I need, want and expect to see. Existing simultaneously, I realized that all things are integral placeholders on the storyboard of my life. 

Like the threads of a tapestry, our daily lives are intricately interwoven and interdependent on everything else around us including other people. What we observe, how we feel and our sense of purpose holds more weight than we might realize. Like interlocking puzzle pieces, even the simplest details of our existence are relative to the overall picture of who we are and how we are in the world. 

Now that I am taking notice and being more appreciative of my many blessings, my life has taken on a whole new level of importance and direction. I have included taking notice and being appreciative in my Wellness Toolbox. It didn’t cost a thing for me to take a look around me at the things I never see and be grateful and appreciative for them. All I had to do was open my eyes.

When I open my eyes to my heart, I can stoke and rekindle the fire of hope.

When I open my eyes to my mind, I can see more clearly and make better decisions.

When I open my eyes to my soul and acknowledge the spirit therein, I gaze upon a universe full of infinite possibilities.  

When I listen to the rhythm of my heartbeat, I feel the flow of life’s energy surging through my body and I take personal responsibility for the choices I make.

It is important in this day and age for me to try to maintain a healthy frame of mind. My mental health is something that, like a garden, needs tending to. It needs to be cultivated and nourished and weeded. 

Having a Wellness Recovery Action Plan supplies me with some tools and strategies that help me grow and develop good, positive thoughts and behaviors. WRAP® is also helpful when I’m dealing with self-destructive thoughts and behaviors. 

Being under siege as we all are now and dealing with traumatic news and life events can be challenging for anyone. Maybe you can benefit from developing a WRAP® for yourself.

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