This week on Polar Warriors, I’d like to share a wonderful story to inspire those who are in a relationship with someone who has Bipolar Disorder. I hope this video gives couples a different perspective when times get tough so they don’t forget what’s most important… Loving compromise.
PLEASE NOTE: that this is simply a motivational story passed down over the years and there’s no need for petty debates about its meaning in the comments. If you take any story literally, you might miss the valuable wisdom it contains 😉
I’ve mentioned in many videos how being the partner or spouse of someone who has Bipolar Disorder can be “challenging to say the least.” It takes a lot of *mutual* love, patience, communication, teamwork, and KNOWLEDGE about Bipolar Disorder to maintain a healthy relationship. Sometimes this means “picking our battles” carefully and not always having the satisfaction of “being right” during a conflict. If someone is experiencing strong symptoms during an episode, it can be very difficult to see things clearly at that moment. Sometimes coming back to a conversation later (once we are more stable) can make all the difference in the world. It takes patience to leave a debate unsettled or a conversation unfinished, but that’s a small sacrifice in the scheme of things to avoid a catastrophic conflict.
Lastly, I’d like to recognize all of the “Polar Warriors” out there who don’t have Bipolar Disorder… Our partners! They are absolutely worthy of the title “Warrior.” Maybe even “Super Warrior!” I have the deepest respect for all the amazing partners out there who work hard to help someone they love to not suffer so much. The world is a better place because of many of you. I’ve spoken to many partners of someone who has Bipolar Disorder and it never ceases to amaze me what some will selflessly do to help someone they love. That’s why I always say the word “Partner.” It is absolutely a true “partnership” that makes a relationship beautiful!
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