“The castaway’s worst mistake is to hope too much and do too little”*
Feeling depressed is similar to
being stranded on a boat in an ocean
with no land in sight
Every day is the same
The challenges are the same
The fears are the same
The limitations are the same
The questions are the same
Why am I here?
How am I supposed to survive this?
Who is going to rescue me?
How long will this agony continue?
When will this nightmare end?
Floating on an ocean of negative thoughts
Dark clouds of hopelessness surround you
Sometimes it pours misery
Sometimes the heat of trials is unbearable
Sometimes you feel numb to all feeling
And all the while you wonder how to go on
The loneliness is intense
No one to console you
No guarantee that the rescuer
Will arrive in time
Or that you will find your way
Out of this maze
The mistake is to rely on hope only
To choose patience over action
To count the days
Till someone comes
The mistake is to think
That the only thing that brings you joy
Is the sight of land
Salvation lies in realizing that
Some of the answers lie within you
Your actions will determine your fate
Praying is appropriate
But so is taking a stand!
Salvation is in problem solving
When no solution seems to come to mind
Salvation is in not giving up
No matter how many times
What you thought may work proves wrong
Salvation is in taking small steps each day
Steps to help you stay afloat a little longer
It’s no picnic
No walk in the park
But giving up is not an option
Persistence and action is the answer
To finding a way out!
We are stronger than we think we are
That thing which seems impossible can happen
The pain that seems unbearable
Can be tolerated
That sorrow that seems is here to stay
Will eventually leave
That problem which has been trying you
For so long
Will eventually be solved
All it takes is patience
All you have to do is not give up
When the goal is lofty
The path is often rocky
It’s better to expect set backs
At the start
Life is a marathon not a sprint
We have to build up our stamina
Each defeat can teach us something
Each mistake can be a stepping stone
It takes a strong will
Not to give up at the first sign of trouble
It takes strength to leave what’s in the past
There and move on
LIfe has a way of teaching us these lessons, I’m afraid
It’s up to us
To learn from them nor not!
I care about the news of the world
But not today!
I pay attention to my to do list
But not today!
I have my daily routine
But not today!
Sometimes I need a day
When I can leave my cares behind
Think of other things
Or nothing at all!
My duties and responsibilities will be there
Tomorrow and every other day
So, today I choose to forget them
Set them aside
Take a break from them
Banish them from my mind!
Because without days like today
I will bend and sometimes break!
We all have different limits of endurance
The load you can easily carry can break my back
I now know that I can’t and should not compete
With those who can carry heavier loads
Or have unrealistic expectations of my own
I hope I’ve learned how to take care of myself
I hope I’ve figured out what rejuvenates me
And so today…
I write myself into my peaceful place
The place of serenity and calm
The place of tenderness and love
The home of joy and peace of mind!