I’ve been working on multiple entries all at once over the last few days. That’s an ADD thing you know. So I have several things in the almost done column. For now check out the Breaking Depression Youtube Channel that I set up. There are numerous playlists on various subjects and I will be expanding this on a regular basis.
I hope you like the videos!
I did not know whether to call this “When I Have a Bad Day” or “When You Have a Bad Day”, but the title I chose to use tells you something. If you are where I was then you may feel that every day is a bad day. Indeed, for many years of my life, just about every day was a bad day. But now the title is “When I Have a Bad Day”, which infers that I must be having good days and it does. I have gone from “bad life” to “better life”. I have gone from “bad life” to “bad days”. I prayed to God for an end to my pain and suffering and I was answered. I am grateful for God’s answer to my plea. But I want more good days and I expect more good days.
Today was not a good day. Despite major improvements in my biochemistry and spiritual well-being, I am still in a life of strife. And strife seems to stick to me like flies to flypaper. Life has not been kind to me. I am immensely grateful for health and well-being of my wife and children. There are many millions of people out there who are living through so much poverty, violence, and physical diseases that I am sparred from enduring. But I still have situations that are not wrapped up. I still have a lot to improve upon in my life. I am still under duress mostly due to external factors as opposed to constant depression. But I do get depressed on bad days. And that depression seems to run straight toward the worst mental place to go. Luckily, it abates. Yours will abate too.
I do not dwell upon the notion of future bad days, but I do expect to have them, like all people do. But because I have Depression I have to take proactive action. I have to be prepared for bad days so I can try to prevent them from becoming torturous days. And I can’t always avoid that either. In Recovery International one of the spottings says “Expect frustration and disappointment every minute of the day and you won’t be disappointed.” Another one is: “I have the ability to withstand torture.” It’s true! We all do. Read Man’s Search for Meaning and you will see. It’s not a feel good book. I will go into Victor Frankl‘s Logotherapy in another post on a better day. There is much to be learned from it.
I just saw this video (P&G Olympic Sponsor Spot) that I found very inspiring and very comforting. So I had to jump out of bed to post it.
When we were children we took a lot of hard knocks, but we didn’t see it that way. We never felt that the world was against us way back then when we were around age 5 or less. We never said to ourselves, “Why is this happening to me? Why am I falling down? Why am I getting hurt?” It was just part of the process. It was part of the fun. It was just part of the game. Life was the game. And life still is the game. We’ve just forgotten that it’s a game.
The falls, the bruises, the injuries, the “failures” – none of that bothered us. We didn’t care what anyone else thought of us. We were just living – really living!
Right now, let`s remind ourselves that the child within each of us still lives and still wants to play! “We take our own dear selves too seriously” (RI) Let’s get back in the game!
I am here to tell you that you can break depression! You can break that depressed state that you have been stuck in for days, weeks, months, and even years! You can be bright again! You can be happy again! You can be productive again! You can have a successful […]