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No Easy Answers

Friday, June 07, 2013

Yesterday, I made a blog admitting my struggle with depression. And something I have learned in the past in my struggle to lose weight is, there's no easy answers, despite this book I have shown, but instantly rejected. Instant answers? Not likely.

And yet, there are the cliches.

We've all heard them, like when life gives you lemons...

is your glass half full or half empty?

Pull yourself up by your bootstraps!

to all these, I say BULL!

(can't say the real word on Spark People, and don't want to.)

After all, those don't work. Like the lemonade,

or the glass,

or the bootstraps.

when the bootstraps are broken, it's even harder to pull yourself up.

It's a struggle facing your inner demons,

or your fears,

But sometimes, that is the only way through.

Once again, it's a Psalm to the rescue. They are so realistic as to the human condition, especially Psalm 13:

Here it is in English:

It is hard working through, but there is hope in the end.

There is a light at the end of this dark tunnel, but I have to go through it to get there.

Here are two clips, one from Kung Fu Panda 2 and another from Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, where they go through their own depression to the end. Don't stop before the end of these, there is a resolution, a hope.

and this, remember who you are:

It's a tough battle, but I'll make it with a little help from my friends here at Spark People, and elsewhere

Can I count on you?

With that, I know I can make it.

Thank you.

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    1687 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Depression is difficult. You are right platitudes don't help. What helps is working through your fears and getting support. You are doing a great job of doing both. Hang in there Spark Friend. You strength will carry you through. Hope you feel better soon.

    1692 days ago
    I have been fortunate not to suffer long-term depression in my life. However, some of my friends have and it is difficult. You're in my thoughts.
    1707 days ago
  • ONUTHIN125
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are not alone. My Hubby is depressed and I do know that it is sometimes hard. Spark On my friend. emoticon
    1719 days ago
  • 4KWALK
    In my darkest days I was able to find help in the book of Psalms. Sometimes the best thing to do is just cling to them and thus cling to God. You are not alone.
    May God get you through this difficult stretch.
    1720 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    You are not alone. As you can tell from the comments, many of us suffer from depression, too. Here's some things that I do: I have learned to just take things one step at a time, give God your worries, and to find something joyful each and every day. Exercise and meditation help me to deal with my depression and find peace. I hope you find peace, as well. Namaste.
    1720 days ago
  • KANOE10
    I loved your pictures. You have so much support here. I know you will learn how to deal with depression.

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    1721 days ago
    I just realized when I posted that Psalm, it was too small to be readable. Here's the text of Psalm 13:

    Psalm 13

    English Standard Version (ESV)
    How Long, O Lord?
    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

    13 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
    2 How long must I take counsel in my soul
    and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
    How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

    3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
    light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
    4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
    lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

    5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
    6 I will sing to the Lord,
    because he has dealt bountifully with me.
    1721 days ago
    When real depression is a life long condition...make friends and walk along the path hand in hand. Struggling against the current only makes you tired and weak, but joining forces can help you become the person you were meant to be!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1722 days ago
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  • DALID414
    emoticon Don't stop reaching out emoticon
    1722 days ago
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    1722 days ago
    You're so right that the only way out is to go through it. It's not easy. I struggle with depression too, and some days it gets the better of me. I just keep plugging away at it. Here's a copy and paste link to a story about facing our fears that you may find interesting: The Sunlight and the Well -
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    1722 days ago
    You've got a great support group here! That's what I love about Spark ... folks stand with you no matter what! emoticon emoticon
    1722 days ago
    emoticon for your having depression! I wish I could heal it for you.

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    1722 days ago
    HUgs Depression is a hard sometimes lonely road. Hubby suffers from anxiety and dperession and take so many neds for it. I wish he would try the naturopath way, anyway........ I hae bouts but not often like he does. HUGS to you and hope you can have a good day.
    1722 days ago
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