We are chatting about gaining new perspective for your depression journey. Why do you need new perspective? To give you hope that you won’t always feel depressed, to give you hope that maybe a new idea will shed new light on an old problem.
Last time I shared a photo of a magnificent view and I related that amazing sight to the idea of gaining new perspective. The truth is however, that looking at a scene like that will actually do nothing for my depression if I am in the midst of it. Actually, it can make me feel worse. I will look at that spectacular view and say to myself “what kind of a loser am I that I can continue to feel this lousy while looking at this awesome scene?”
So why did I share that photo? To get your attention, inspire you, encourage you to think of things higher than yourself, that’s why. Read the rest of this entry »
Isn’t that an amazing photo? Do you think if you were the one right there on that mountaintop, taking in that view, that you would be able to gain some new perspective on your life?
A recent article by one of my favourite depression writers John Folk-Williams titled ‘Changing Core Beliefs about Depression’ got me thinking…. You may want to read it yourself along with other great stuff on his blog ‘Storied Mind’ and see if it tweaks some new thinking for you too.
He talks about the core beliefs of his own depression story like this: “The core beliefs of my depression story are bleak: things don’t work out, I stumble and fail, I don’t have much energy or motivation, I’m no good at getting along with people, in groups I’m invisible, and on it goes.” Read the rest of this entry »
Another way to gain new perspective for me, which works every time, is reading, and in my personal case, reading my bible. Oh I know the bible is a little hard to understand for many of us, but I find if I persevere, and keep reading until I find one phrase or sentence to help me change my thinking, then it is well worth the effort.
Here is one of my favourite scriptures, it always gives me a lift. It is from the old testament of the bible, Deuteronomy 31:6. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified…for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you.” What a promise, a promise which I believe with all of my heart. Knowing God is with me gives me comfort. Comfort gives me strength, strength to aim for some new perspective. Read the rest of this entry »