- term over-used by chronically well-adjusted, healthy, balanced, gregarious, confident, successful, strong, pain-free professional PITA's.
I've been where you are (on many occasions) and felt how you feel but I can tell you in my experience, things ALWAYS work out. I'm 51, separated with 3 kids living with their mother, and in 2008 I went on medical leave for stress. It was a debilitating Fibro flare compounded with a major depressive episode, separation anxiety from my kids (wife and I had just split after 31 years)... I went heavily into the bottle, started using cocaine and gambling. Within 16 months I racked up over $75K in debt from drugs and gambling. I lost nearly everything - couldn't afford food so took to pawning my 40 yr old bottle and coin collections, tools, electronics...etc..
I'm now over 28 months clean and sober, been back at work for 2 years, have money in the bank, a reliable car...
One of the very first steps I made to this recovery works wonderfully against depression and it's just what Karen said about the little things.
I would walk and consciously focus on my immediate surroundings - the colour of plants and trees....bird song blending with a sighing breeze through trees or tall grass.....I would take pics of insects as they went about their business....captured in mid-flight.....sunning on flower petals....
The small things are what make up everything - they're what matters...the world is full of wonderful things and moments....just look for them.
Where to find True Joy? All around us, all the time....ever sat watching a caterpillar crawl 6 feet? or seen the many faces of old trees? listened to a gurgling brook?.......when did you last just watch your children sleep?...
All around us....all for you! Happiness is where you are.
Take good care...
Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Depression, Fibromyalgia, Colitis, Tourettes, Bipolar, degenerative disc, sciatica, IBS, anxiety, RLS