Instructions for "Resisting the Myth of Progress'":
Measuring progress on a journey to good mental health is a tricky business. We want to feel like we are doing better, then, when we have a setback, or the recurrence of a 'symptom', it can be devastating. It feels like an incredible failure, like we have been thrust right back to square 1.
In truth, we never go back to square 1—the idea that life's journey follows a straight line is a myth, more often we move in zig-zags, swirls, and sometimes even circles. But we are always moving, we are never still. Going backwards is impossible, even if we find ourselves in the same place, the self perceiving the place has changed.
Try to be like your sat nav—when you take a wrong turn, your sat nav simply corrects the course. It doesn't call you an asshole or a failure, so why should you?
"I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy." - Marie Curie
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