You can’t thank your way out of depression; a gratitude journal won’t cure it.
You can’t fake your way out of depression; a plastic smile might trick others, but it will never fool your own heart.
There isn’t enough love in your heart or shame in hell to snap you out of it. And those who’ve healed from depression will tell you, if you deny it, it will stalk you. If you plug your ears, it will keep speaking to you. If you numb it, like bacteria, it will grow out of control.
If you’re depressed, in order to heal, you have to do the thing you don’t want to do. You must roll out the welcome mat for it, and let it come through your front door. You must face your fear that it will never go away.
Because depression isn’t just a random, empty illness; it’s one of the greatest teachers of your life. And once you embrace its pain and you allow it to speak freely, you’ll discover the depths of its wisdom and the freedom it’s trying to give you. It’s there for a reason. It serves a purpose. It gives voice to parts of you that need to be heard, parts that have been denied for a very long time.
I never thought I’d get through my depression. I thought I’d struggle for the rest of my life. But 7 years of recovery tells me that depression isn’t a curse; it’s the road to peace and joy and reconnection with my spirit.
If you’re depressed, please reach out for help. No matter how long you’ve suffered, there is healing for you…
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18