Way 13 of the 15 ways to leave the prison of depression.
“I’d rather be imperfect and happy than always trying to be perfect.”
One of the areas in my life where I strive to excel is in the area of trying to be perfect. Somewhere in our early development as children we got the message that if we were perfect we could be more acceptable to others. I gradually began to believe the more I tried to please others that this would bring me happiness. Instead, all it brought me was a loss of myself. The loss of self reduced me to a shallow self without direction or meaning. I also had the false belief that the more predictable life is, I felt the less stressed my life would be. But in reality, just the opposite happened. By holding onto life with a tight grip, I needed to make sure that any decision that I made would have to have a predictable outcome. I could only operate if there were no risks involved in what I planned to do. This kept me gradually pulling away from forming new relationships and trying new things in my life.
Eventually, my depression became sort of a comfort as it kept me from having to risk an unpredictable life. In other words, this way of living took away all hope. This is what keeps many of us depressed. We hold onto the mistaken belief that since bad things happened in the past, bad things will continue to happen to us in the future.
This belief keeps us locked up in the prison of depression. We don’t believe anything will change. What a set up for depression. We have a difficult time realizing that we do have a choice in the way we think, feel and behave. We can live a life free of misery by following a recovery program as outlined in the suggested 12 steps of Depressed Anonymous. By coming often to meetings and getting involved with others not only gives us reason to have days filled with friends and help, it also provides us with a daily program step-by-step, for leaving the prison of depression.”
SOURCE: COPYRIGHT(C) BELIEVING IS SEEING: 15 WAYS TO LEAVE THE PRISON OF DEPRESSION (2017) . Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. Pages 63-64.
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