Well, we made it past Valentine’s Day and I’m happy to say, at least for me, it was a rather nice day after all. So I’m here to tell you that you may wake up in the morning and think that all that there is today is deep despair and darkness, but somehow, some way I know you will find the Dawn!
If you are struggling with crises, be they mental, physical, emotional, real or imagined, it doesn’t seem that anything will ever change. But I know, I really know that, as trite as it may seem – This Too Shall Pass!
Whatever is going on in this very moment for you, it will be the next moment soon, and another moment after that. I’ve mentioned before that those in the darkest dungeon of despair who contemplate suicide don’t really want to die. Most of them just want things to get better, to change, to have the despair be over and find some happiness in their lives.
There are so many things you can do to cheer yourself up. I don’t want to trivialize depression and despair and I hope that if things are so bad that you can’t look up and you can’t cheer up day after day – you will please find some help.
But if you need just a little help, please try some of these things. Smile – turning your lips up instead of down may make you happy for a moment. Sing – Zip A Dee Doo Dah can brighten your day. Watch a funny movie or a funny TV show – it worked for Norman Cousins (Anatomy of an Illness) to cure his ‘terminal’ illness and it might just work for you. Get a massage – having yourself pampered can’t hurt, can it? Help someone who is worse off than you – it’s an act of faith to give back and it’s been said you can’t be in Faith and Fear at the same time. Write three things down in a Gratitude Journal (see previous Post – J is for Journaling – Just for Gratitude).
So hang on. For another moment. And know that without the darkness, it is almost impossible to notice the light. Here comes the sun – right now!