I have a mask that I wear at work, like Karen does. I think sometimes it’s a necessity when you work with the public. You never know what kind of energy a client or customer will bring to the situation, and you need to remain calm and composed, and be ready with a positive solution. Like Karen said, I find it helps to keep the happy face on at work, for my own state of mind, and for that of the client/customer. I agree also that it’s important to get in touch with true feelings after the fact, and release any unwanted stress or negativity.
It’s true that we should be able to be more
open and honest about
depression. I think sometimes people feel afraid, or at least ill-equipped to answer or support, when they are confronted with the idea that someone is depressed. That’s what is so good about
a forum like this one…..it educates people about
depression, and shows through our comments that when we are depressed, we are looking for love, support and acceptance just like everyone else in the world.
Kitt: I'm sorry you're feeling so sad. It's perfectly understandable after the significant losses you've experienced, and I hope you are being kind and gentle to yourself during this difficult time.
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“No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night.” ~Elie Wiesel