Depression: Through the Pain

You CAN make it through the pain.

The Rest Is Still Unwritten

on June 21, 2013

Good morning! Are you feeling any better yet? YOU’LL GET THERE.

I want to share a song that many of you probably know: “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield. This is another good song to download from iTunes. I especially love the lyrics “Today is where your book begins. The rest is still unwritten.” Isn’t that beautiful? Your future does not have to be a continuance of your present or past. Although life can throw curveballs, you can choose the general direction of your future. You can change course at any time in your life, but I think depression (or anything else that requires recovery) is the ideal opportunity. When you’re in the depths, you don’t feel like you have as much to lose if you make a change. During a “successful” phase, change is harder as you weigh the pros and cons. This is an example of what I meant early on when I said that someday, you will see this time in life as a blessing.

Whether it becomes a blessing or not depends on you. Will you use this opportunity to make something more of your life? You can turn from certain patterns of thinking and behaving that have not worked for you. If you spend time with people who encourage you to live a destructive lifestyle, here’s your chance to walk away and choose different friends. I don’t promise that it will be easy. Change is always difficult. But once you pass through the difficult part, you will arrive at a new comfort zone. If you have chosen your changes wisely, it will be a very good place.

Spend time thinking about what’s important in life. God? Family? Friends? What about character traits? Not personality, but character. Honesty, kindness, mercy, grace, gentleness, etc. Then start considering how to make it happen. For example, if you perpetually lie and yet value honesty, what can you do to help you get out of the habit of lying? Use your computer and library or bookstore to research how to get from point A to point B. Spend time with an individual who embodies the character trait or values you desire to achieve. This is a project that is well worth your effort.

What is more important to you? Avoiding relatively brief difficulty in changing or decades spent with a character that you can be proud of? Put the work in, and leave the rest in God’s hands.

I’ll be back on Monday!
Blessings, Elizabeth

*** If you are new to this blog, it is best to start by reading “About” and the first entry that was posted on May 13, 2013. Then read each consecutive entry, one per day. Welcome!

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