Harvest Moon

I seem to remember that Echo and the Bunnymen in the 1980s did a song with lyrics about a harvest moon or something like that.

I’ve been given the green light to write a new column for SZ magazine–the quarterly magazine where I used to be the Living Life columnist for nine years. If all goes well in 2016 I will write about employment: finding and succeeding at a job when you have schizophrenia.

In this harvest season it’s time to reflect and give thanks for the bounty we have in our lives. First: we can take stock of where we are and how far we’ve come. Then we can set our intention for what we want to do in the new year when we sow the seeds for a new goal.

I’m grateful to have a job in a creative field. I’m grateful to have an apartment that is not in a dangerous neighborhood like the one I lived in early in my recovery where crack vials littered the hallway.

Set a goal. Use other peers for support as you take steps to make your dream a reality.

Upwards of 70 to 80 percent of individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia when surveyed said they want to work at a job and think they can. My column in SZ magazine if all goes well will talk about how to do this. It’s a magazine that is now an Internet-based quarterly not a paper copy.

I filed this blog entry under creativity because being resourceful and creative in how you brainstorm and figure out how to achieve your goal goes a long way. Standard issue or cookie-cutter treatment or other approaches don’t cut it when it comes to deciding that path that is right for you to go down.

It’s been 18 years since I had the courage to go back to school to get a library degree. I can tell you that risking change is hard. That’s the beauty of having peers you can talk with for support and encouragement.

I’ll end here by saying I’m thankful for all the readers of the blog who tune in to listen to what I’m writing.

Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and athlete.

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