Posts Tagged ‘depression’

July 19 Daily Quote

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Each day provides its own gifts.
Marcus Aurelius

Each day provides its own gifts and today is no different from any other.

Tonight while you lay on your bed discouraged because there have been some failures and some losses, remember to count the gifts as well.  The accomplishments of the little one who means so much to you.  The tasks you were able to complete today.  The laughter of the children as they played.  The joy of new discoveries.  So many gifts have come your way today.  What a wonderful day it has been!

July 17 Daily Verse

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Matthew 11:28 (Amplified Bible)

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]



There are many of us who feel the struggles of daily living. We are dealing with issues that cause depression and, further, cause rifts in our relationships with others.  Father, we need Your rest.  We need You to refresh our souls.  Come.  Hold us close.

May 22 Daily Verse

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

John 10:10

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.


Lord, bring us Your life.  Right now we are alive but we don’t have life. People chase happiness and life but it eludes them. Even many of those called by Your name live but need life. Bring us life, Lord. Lift us from depression, sadness and the feeling of futility.

Make us know that our lives are precious to You.

June 21 Daily Quote

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.
John Keats


You are not alone if you feel that living requires too much effort. John Keats, one of the great poets, felt that way. Nearly everyone feels that way at some point.  Exhaustion and stress can push anyone to that point on occasion. What is important is to realize that everyone eventually comes back into the light and are happy that they stayed just that extra little while. If you’re feeling that way now, stay a little longer with us.

Kick a little harder to reach the top.


July 23 Daily Quote

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Behind every cloud is another cloud.
Judy Garland

When life hands us storm after storm, we become shell-shocked.
We see the storm clouds above us, threatening to poor down rain and flood our lives. We can honestly begin to see nothing but the clouds.
It becomes easy to believe that the only thing behind the cloud is yet another cloud.

Years ago, I needed to take a flight across country. Sheets of rain had been falling for at least two days. Sitting in the airport that dreary day, I just wanted to go home and crawl back into bed. There were clouds above me and above them were more clouds and above them even more clouds. It was a perfect day to wallow in self-pity and depression. Eventually we were allowed to board only to sit staring out the window at the rain splatting on the wings of the plane. As we rose into the air the rain drops were replaced by wisps of clouds enveloping us like a soggy blanket on a rainy camping trip. I continued to stare out the window feeling cold just thinking of all that dreariness. As I stared, an amazing transformation took place. The clouds and rain thinned out and we burst into sunlight. Interesting.  I need to remember that.  Somewhere, up there just waiting to break through, is the sun.  I’ll remember that next time I need hope.  You should, too.

June 19 Daily Quote

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

The nearer the dawn the darker the night.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When we are at are very lowest point, when everything around us seems as if there will never be a moment of brightness again, remember this. If it can’t get any darker,  dawn is just around the corner. Light will be there.

Just hold on for just a little bit longer. Don’t quit.  Don’t give up.



Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Success! Two-and-a-half years later, we can finally park the car in the garage. I thought it was never going to happen! Granted it’s a two car garage and only one car will fit but we are still using the garage for it’s intended purpose. Joy and happiness!

We moved into our new home 2 ½ years ago. At the time, my parents were still alive but both were ill. My mother had suffered a stroke. It had been so debilitating that the family had been unable to care for her at home. She hated being alone in the nursing home so one of us was with her at all times. Thank God I have siblings. We all worked to keep her feeling safe and comfortable. Dad wasn’t well either and was in and out of the hospital. Even though there were several of us to carry the load, going from hospital to nursing home, along with caring for those in our own homes was a time consuming task. Moving really complicated the situation even though we were happy to be out of the apartment and in our own home.

While I thought moving was a complicating factor, I never anticipated the bypass surgery thing. I am one of those people who believe I have things to do, places to go, people to see. I do NOT have time to be sick. The doctor thought I needed major surgery? Fine. It’s better than being dead. So I took it fully expecting that I would be back to normal in a couple of months. A couple of months came and went. A year came and went. Like the little energizer bunny, time just kept moving on but my body didn’t. Getting up and getting dressed required a half hour nap afterwards. My energy level allowed for about 20 minutes of activity before I broke out in a sweat and had to sit down. Washing floors and vacuuming were out of the question.

My husband, who has been living with a chronic illness for quite some time, cheerfully assured me that I would get used to it after a while. Of course, he has a higher tolerance level than I do. Acquiring extra laundry baskets because the laundry was overtaking us didn’t really bother him. It didn’t even bother him that we had to have enough extra laundry baskets to keep clean laundry in as well since no one had the energy to put the laundry away once it was clean. The little munchkin didn’t mind either. Toys, coloring books, crayons, craft supplies and other childish things strewn throughout the house only made it easier for her to find something to play with wherever she was. The only time she became upset was when one of the dogs decided to shred her papers or chew her toys into tiny little, feet puncturing pieces. A scenario which occurred almost hourly. I longed for a housekeeper. I schemed for ways to sneak a housekeeper into the budget. Never happened.

One day not too long ago, an amazing thing happened. (It had actually been happening slowly over a period of weeks but I hadn’t realized it.) I felt normal! I had cleaned my bedroom, thrown in a load of laundry, eaten breakfast, picked up the house all at the same time! No rest periods. It was great. I can work longer stretches at a time. Things are beginning to look normal around here. The carpets are probably going to need to be replaced but the rest of the house looks almost clean. At least as clean as I’ve ever gotten my house. I need a housekeeper for actual cleanliness but the pick up is done daily now. Most importantly, we got to the garage! The Christmas decorations that had been put in the garage until someone had the energy to bring them to the attic have been returned to the house to be put up this week-end after our Thanksgiving Dinner. The rest of the garage has been organized almost neatly. Life is good!

I am writing this primarily to encourage any of you who have suffered an illness. It may feel as if your life will never be normal again. It will! Someday your carpets will become visible under the mound of toys and debris. You, too, may have to replace them but once you’re finally feeling well again, the urge to redecorate will come back too. You may think you will never have the energy again to do the things you used to enjoy. You will! Please don’t let those negative thoughts dominate your life. Enjoy each little step forward that you make. Keep them in mind when the depression tries to take over. Amazingly enough, those doctors of mine were right. Someday I was going to get better. So will you. Trust me.

Depression Can’t Win! We Won’t Let it!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Depression is taking our world by storm and no wonder! Hurricanes are causing flooding destroying thousands of homes and killing or harming numerous people. Excessive heat has been blamed for many deaths. Crop failures are following. Earthquakes tumble homes. People in third world countries are starving. The economy worldwide is failing so that even those in developed countries are suffering. Many fear the loss of their jobs, homes and economic well-being. Stress is rampant. Too much stress equals depression. Depression causes anger which causes arguments with loved ones which causes family failures, divorces and even more stress. It’s a downward spiral that seems never ending.

Can it be stopped? I think so. It’s going to take a change in habits on our part. What’s the habit? The one that causes us to focus on the crisis and forget all else. Have you ever watched a child playing a video game? They keep struggling to get higher and higher in the levels of the game. The struggle frustrates them. The top level seems more and more elusive. Finally, they slam the controls on the ground and scream ‘I’m never going to get it’. At which point, we – the parents – decide it’s time to change activities. We send them out to play basketball or ride their bikes or just hang out with friends for a little bit. When they come inside again, they are relaxed and ready to try again. Sometimes they even find the game has become a little easier for that time away.

As adults we focus on the crisis in our lives, worrying more and more as we think of what can happen if we lose our job or the economy gets worse and our IRA’s fall even more. Almost everyone does this. Some studies have shown that more than 90% of our approximately 60,000 to 70,000 thoughts each day are negative and most are the same as the previous day. We focus on the bills, the problems at work, the car that needs repaired, the kids’ behavior until everything reaches epic proportions and we figuratively throw ourselves on the floor and say ‘I’m never going to make it!’ It’s time, Mom and Dad, to go outside and play. You don’t need an extended vacation. You don’t need to spend a lot of money. Go for a walk. Enjoy the beauty of the day. Isn’t the weather nice this time of year? Take the kids to the beach and make sand castles. Go in your back yard and play with the puppy. Laugh when he falls over his tail and then runs to you and licks your face. See the good in life. When life really starts getting you down, practice thinking about the things the bring you up. It’s a concept that’s been around since Bible times when the writer of Philippians said “whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on these things.”

When we’ve stopped to do these things, we can come back to the problems of life with a little better attitude. We might even find things are a little easier once we’ve taken some time away. After all, it’s a little hard for depression to keep a hold on us with a puppy licking our face.