Depression: Through the Pain

You CAN make it through the pain.

Focusing on the Blessings

on August 27, 2013

Hello, friend!

How are you?  I hope you have been using your tools and are getting stronger every day. 

I tucked my 6-year-old granddaughter into bed a few nights ago and listened to her prayer.  Her heart was so full that she spent several minutes thanking God for as many things as she could think of.  That’s what WE need to do every single day of our lives.  Read this quote from Melody Beattie:

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

Instead of a cup half full, you begin to see one which is overflowing.  I’ve said it many times: DO NOT NEGLECT WRITING IN YOUR GRATITUDE JOURNAL EVERY NIGHT BEFORE TURNING OUT THE LIGHT.  Your dreams will be sweeter, and you will wake refreshed and better able to tackle what lies ahead of you that day.

Right now, take a moment to think about all the ways you are blessed: a God Who cares greatly for you, life, your senses, a huge sky above you, air to breathe, a meal to eat……it can go on and on.  SEE THE BEAUTY AND THE BLESSING.  Yes, there is evil and smut and hatred in this world, but don’t choose to focus on it.  Indeed, IT IS A CHOICE.  Even in the midst of a dirty street in a bad neighborhood, a beautiful weed still manages to push its way through a crack. Change what’s wrong when you can, but keep your eye on the beauty of the goal rather than wallow in the misery of problem.  Life—even life with pain—is a blessing.

Until next time.

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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