Today, I had to go "wheel chair" shopping for my mother. As I looked around this store that has all kinds of equipment for those who have physical disabilities, I thought...what would I like to see in a Bipolar Store? So...I'll share my top 10 list (actually 5 today and 5 tomorrow) if you'll share some of yours.
1. Books. This is would be number one. However, I wouldn't just want to see books on bipolar disorder and depression (actually the less of these the better) but I would like to see a wide array of books on healing, wellness, music, art, spirituality, writing, gardening, hobbies, crafts, exercise, humor, travel, and other uplifting topics. And I would be be able to sit on cushions on a window box to read them. (The graphic is by Jessie Wilcox-Smith.)
2. Greeting cards. I love greeting cards. And you know...if someone developed a line of greeting cards for people who suffer from depression and hypomania, they might make a fortune.
3. Notebooks, pens, and pencils. Since I believe in "writing to heal," I'd love to see a wide array of notebooks (preferably from Moleskin), pencils, and anything from Levenger.
4. Musical instruments. While JayPee and Tery responded to Sunday's post about what instruments (and music) they like, I'd love to see an entire department of musical instruments and CDs. In the last few days, I've been listening to some of my favorite groups and artists from the 60s. Singing along with Mama Cass, Jim Croce, Janis Ian, and James Taylor has been quite healing. (The graphic is a Georges Braque.)
5. Gardening equipment and plants. Again, horticultural therapy is highly effective and I love flowers.
(to be continued)