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Since 1998 I've been sending out these reflections first thing each week--one or more quotes plus my thoughts about the intersections and contradictions. They're archived here back to 2002, and a new one is posted every Monday morning. Dialogue is still welcome . . .

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Quote #881 - #DepressionLies

24 Jun, 2019

DEPRESSION LIES


"There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds."
Laurell K. Hamilton
MISTRAL'S KISS

"Depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end."
Elizabeth Wurtzel
PROZAC NATION

"It's terrible to know that so many people are struggling. It's wonderful to know that we are not alone."
Jenny Lawson
TheBloggess.com



Depression lies.
It tells you everyone else has got it together
and you alone are a pathetic, struggling mess.
It tells you not to share what you're going through
because the truth will make everyone run away from you.

Depression lies.
It tells you only bad things will happen.
It tells you no one can understand,
that no one is there for you.
It tells you if you let someone be there for you
it will just destroy them, not save you.
It tells you that you are a black hole,
not deserving of care, self-care, sweet sensations,
love.

But none of that is true.
Depression lies.

The thing depression lies about most?
Pervasiveness, and endlessness.
Depression can make you believe you will always be depressed,
and that is all there will ever be.
But all feelings are temporary,
and that recognition alone can help us understand:
that happiness and exultation are helium balloons
and there's nothing wrong with you if you can't hold on to them--
that sadness and fear are human
and there's nothing wrong with you if you go through them.

Just recognizing the ebb and flow of our feelings
can make the highs a celebratory moment,
instead of thinking that high is what you need to believe in life,
to believe in yourself.
It can also make the lows a little more bearable,
a little less long-lived.

But nothing lasts forever--
no joy, no sorrow,
no triumph, no despair.

It is all a cycle.
All feelings co-exist within us at all times.
When we wallow (deliciously or horrifically) in one,
the others lie in wait.

I don't desire so much distance to not feel it all--
I want to feel it all--
just enough distance to remember that.


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