When it comes to ADHD
It ain’t no VD
But let’s not fool or bluff
It’s indeed a double edged sword, no guff
There are gifts within the debris of this great hurricane
Supers Powers potent and buried, not to be feigned.
Some folks say “treat the person not the symptom.”
Look beyond the problem, seek a greater purpose… I call that wisdom.
The ancient stoics would say, don’t ignore the math
The obstacle is the path
Instead of 2D diagnoses which flatten our complex reality
What if we embrace the difficult and stunted parts of our humanity
Our very wild and wonderful nature
Ain’t some random disorder painted into caricature
It’s what we be wise to nurture
To build a better culture
To get there sure we need to factor in our deficits
Never letting ourselves call it quits
What we need when we are weaker in some places
Is not judgment and disappointed faces
What they give us are the promise from a little pill
Whose powers never last, nor do they grow our will
Only leaving us wondering HOW…
So we need to be humble and bow
At the dojo of life, kicking our asses every day, every hour
Calling us to surpass our pride and not get sour
Take one for now as it may help some
But come come…
Do not bet your future on the PILLS
Come instead and learn some essential life SKILLS
Like how to cut through mental fog
Teaching our minds to focus like a well trained dog
How to optimize
By learning to organize
Rallying our resources to do what we normally avoid
Finding pride and accomplishment where there was previously a void
This ain’t for the faint of heart or those content to live with a diagnosis inside the BOX
It’s for the brave and the powerful who dare to take charge, every day, every hour, any where and any time… pulling up our SOCKS.
Slowly burning our past limitations
I ain’t no guru
Make your own Voodoo
Follow your own map
There ain’t no end to this path, this life or even this rap…
WHERE to grow our skills…?
I get that question daily…here’s my best short answer:
In these pandemic times, I would recommend seeking out online communities of practice where you will learn skills and be encouraged to actually practice them.
Rather than following my recommendations (my top three disciplines are the martial art of Aikido, Playback Theatre, and learning from nature). I would suggest looking for local and international dojos, yoga studios, innovative schools, meditation sanghas (groups) which inspire you.
That last part is key.
True learning is not filling our heads like a bucket, but about lighting a fire in our bellies and hearts.
If you are struggling with conflicts and overwhelmed, read this piece to discover your primary conflict style and the skills needed to start to transform your stupid fights into points of healthy tension and growth.
May our learning never end.