The other day I noticed that a plant in my cactus garden began to grow something that looked like horns and then like green candy canes! At first I thought I should pluck them out because they were weird looking. I asked a friend what she thought I should do. She said that maybe that was my plant’s way of flowering. Within a week I found out that she was right! Tiny pink flowers came from what I first thought was ugly. I find analogies all over in nature and this one was another reminder that when we think something is bad sometimes it turns to be good.
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I used to think “I hate being depressed, anxious or worried. Why should I want to share my weakness with others? It would be like sharing my dirty laundry.”
Nowadays I think “When I feel depressed, anxious or worried, I know that if I share my feelings on paper or with a trusted friend I can get better sooner.”
One poet looks at the process from a different perspective:
If I Had Known
If I had known what trouble you were bearing;
During my bouts with depression I found it nearly impossible to feel grateful. I made lists of things I should be grateful for but the feeling of gratitude didn’t reach my heart. It was a miserable way to live since true gratitude brings me a deep, satisfying feeling that brings peace to my sole.
I'm not sure where I learned this string of 5 words but it has been a mighty big help in my life!
Are you worried? Thinking about a loved one or trouble at work? Worried about something you are in charge of or a relationship problem? Have you ever considered "rescheduling" your worry? Can you give yourself 5 minutes to worry about it today then open up your calendar and reschedule a "worry time" a day or a week from now?
My daughter was having challenges with her boss. Despite her best efforts all she got was verbal and non-verbal criticism. “I don’t like that…you need to do it my way…you’re not good enough.” Although she is naturally a positive person, every time her boss came around her shoulders would sag, her nerves would tighten and her day would turn downward. This went on for weeks then months till she finally felt that either she or her boss would explode.
What is EFT? It is a type of therapy used for physical and emotional pain. It utilizes acupressure from the east along with the “power of thoughts” from the west and creates a usable technique that can be used quickly and effectively.
EFT helps us get from the “fight or flight” mode into the “relaxation” mode. Women who give birth naturally have learned to do this. We can too.
“We don’t have anything in common” my friend lamented, “sometimes I wonder why we even stay together.”
As I listened I absently glanced at our white patio doors with it’s 3 hinges. “Well” I shared with sudden inspiration “it only takes three hinges to hold a door open.”
This post is written from a Christian perpective.
During my recovery from bipolar illness my therapist suggested that I increase my physical and spiritual health. He said I should establish routines that could make daily prayer and exercise something I could look forward to (are you kidding me?)
After many starts and stops and several years I finally found what works for me. I want to share it with you.