Ecclesiastes: Your Timeless Bipolar Recovery Tool
The other day, I was on the phone with one of my “manic mafia.” My manic mafia are people I can talk to, who don’t go all funny on me when I happen to mention the challenges of dealing with life in 18 or more syllables in a world that can’t see past 17.
So anyway, my friend - let’s call her Sarah - happens to tell me how Ecclesiastes 3 saved her life. The passage resonates through the ages and across cultures:
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.”
Then follows: “A time to be born, a time to die,” and so on.
To Sarah’s delight, I responded how Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite works, and how I keep reading and re-reading it. Indeed, in the first chapter to my book, Living Well with Depression and Bipolar Disorder, in reference to a different passage, I have this to say:
In the New English Bible translation of the book of Ecclesiastes, it says: “In dealing with men it is God’s purpose to test them and see who they truly are.” It is the only explanation, in my opinion, for why bad things happen to good people. For all the suffering all of us have endured - all the pain, tragedy, humiliation, hardship, and loss - I know we are far better beings as a consequence. We may hate our illness, but we can hardly hate what our illness has made of us.
As I said, Sarah credits Ecclesiastes with saving her life. Because we are both part of each other’s bipolar mafia, she could say this to me with no fear how I would respond. As a result, I received a timely reminder of timeless wisdom.
Just thought I would share ...