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Sophrosyne - A-W Challenge


Meaning: A healthy state of mind, characterized by self-control, moderation, and a deep awareness of one's true self, and resulting in true happiness.

A healthy state of mind - what's yours? Is it when you are able to focus less on the things that bother you and you're more in tune with the life surrounding you? For me a healthy state of mind is when I can wake up and just take a few moments to lay there and be able to reflect on my yesterday and plan my today, think about my tomorrow and be able to smile. - This was hard to do in the beginning, but now, I actually look forward to doing this.

Self-control - for me, it's when I face a situation and I able to think it through before I make a response that can or will make the other person feel bad. I'm able to take a deep breath and feel calmness and seriously think the situation out first. - I'm loving this one!

Moderation - Not obsessing about not be able to go overboard. We each have our tolerance to everything and it's how you decide for yourself how much of something you are willing to accept.

Awareness of you true self - this took a while, but I believe I have finally figured out who I am and what I need to maintain the person that I am.

True happiness - This I have and will keep! My true happiness is being true to myself and who I am, being there for my husband, children and grandchildren. I feel a great weight lifted from me by letting go of certain things that I cannot change nor would I be able to. I also believe that this will change each and every day as long as I look at things positively, it will only get better.

Photo - myself - Tina M Roberge - from my yard

Category Challenge - Original Post by Dawnwriter

Image Credit » Photo Credit - Myself - Tina Roberge - Taken on a Maine Winter Day

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maxeen wrote on November 20, 2014, 10:24 AM

As the day goes on I get around to thinking about yesterday !

Feisty56 wrote on November 20, 2014, 10:40 AM

I've never heard of this term before, but can see how it brings what I believe are the important elements in my life together.

Kasman wrote on November 20, 2014, 3:11 PM

I don't rightly know if I am in a healthy state of mind but I do know that, by and large, I am content with my life as it is.
PS: I see you have been inflicted with the heavy snow we have been hearing about here in the UK.

bestwriter wrote on November 20, 2014, 7:01 PM

Mind over matter is my way to live in peace.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 20, 2014, 7:18 PM

This is such a positive way of communicating a Classical value that might otherwise be translated as something like Prudence or Temperance. I think your ideas are much less restrictive than a lot of t definitions other writers might give :)

BarbRad wrote on November 21, 2014, 3:16 AM

Sounds like a great way to live. I really love it when I have time for those reflective moments in bed before I get up.