The Gorilla and the Chimpanzee

There was a gorilla. The gorilla liked to do things, but it did not like to fight. The gorilla liked to think things, but did not like to talk. This gorilla preferred peace and quiet, So peace and quiet it had.   One day Peaceful and quiet A little chimpanzee came near the gorilla's home. The chimpanzee liked … Continue reading The Gorilla and the Chimpanzee

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The Elephant and the Lion

There was an Elephant. One day the sun came up - What beautiful light! The elephant basked in the light and was happy. But at the end of the day, the sun went down - What terrible darkness! And he elephant searched for light, but did not find it - Searched in the dark, and was unhappy.   … Continue reading The Elephant and the Lion

Why Things Go Wrong, And Why Things Go Right

This time two years ago I was 265 pounds. This time one year ago I was smoking marijuana every day. This time seven months ago I was fired from my job. This time six months ago I was arrested. This time four months ago I was suicidal. This time three months ago I was in a … Continue reading Why Things Go Wrong, And Why Things Go Right

I Used To Go With The Wrench

Good Will Hunting is one of my all-time favorite films. It's packed with potent quotables, wisdom, meaningful relationships, and stand-alone pedagogical scenes. Perhaps one that has continued to resonate with me as I've traversed the ineffable world of mental illness is the following scene in which Will explains his position on taking undeserved abuse: WILL: … Continue reading I Used To Go With The Wrench

Mental Health Quick Hits: How To Meditate In Five Minutes Or Less

John Ward is a Pennsylvania state-certified Peer Support Specialist, Mensan, and unfortunate-therefore-fortunate possessor of over a decade of mental illness lived experience. Mental Health Quick Hits is a recurring CBTN series of articles that cover pertinent topics and/or practices with utility in facilitating your coping with and ultimately recovering from mental health/mental illness issues. Today's … Continue reading Mental Health Quick Hits: How To Meditate In Five Minutes Or Less

The Monkey And The Anthill

There was a monkey. The monkey came across an anthill. The anthill was home to many ants. The monkey found the ants very interesting.   There were big ants and small ants Boy ants and girl ants Ants who led and ants who followed Selfless ants and selfish ants Ants who lived Ants who died... The anthill was … Continue reading The Monkey And The Anthill

I Know More About Mental Illness Than You Do… Says Everyone Ever

I try not to rage too often on here - I just don't believe in it. Nothing good comes out of it; not for you, and certainly not for me. And yet the temptation remains, particularly after a few minutes on social media, to unleash some inverse-abrosial hot sauce of doom on these myriad chumplestilskins … Continue reading I Know More About Mental Illness Than You Do… Says Everyone Ever

Aesop’s Fables and Mental “Illness”: The Old Man and Death

Re-Purposing Aesopica for Mental Illness/Mental Health Recovery THE OLD MAN AND DEATH Aesop was an ancient Greek fabulist, or story-teller - and also a slave. He lived roughly 2,500 years ago (born c. 600 BC); his collected works are know as Aesop's Fables, or simply Aesopica. These stories are pedagogical tools designed, like the parables of Jesus … Continue reading Aesop’s Fables and Mental “Illness”: The Old Man and Death

Aesop’s Fables and Mental “Illness”: The Crow And The Pitcher

Re-Purposing Aesop for Mental Illness/Mental Health Recovery Aesop was an ancient Greek fabulist, or story-teller. He lived roughly 2,500 years ago (born c. 600 BC); his collected works are know as Aesop's Fables. These stories are pedagogical tools designed, like the parables of Jesus and the excerpt from CBTN's namesake Hellenic poet Horace, to teach … Continue reading Aesop’s Fables and Mental “Illness”: The Crow And The Pitcher