To properly answer that question is to look deep inside of myself and reflect upon what brought me to where I am today. I want to take time this day to reflect on what issues are still mine today that were part of my life, let’s say, some thirty years ago. What happened those many years ago that has turned me into an evangelist for hope and serenity today? I know what it is that has motivated me to be who I am today. We all know that the past is the prelude to the future.
Reconstruction, revamping and recovery are a daily part of my life today. I am continually making contact with the God of my understanding and asking guidance and direction. When I am not completely able to make that decision which will better my relationship with my God and others, I take a deep breath and wait. What am I waiting for you might ask. I am waiting for a prompt, a hunch, a possible direction that might lead me further down the path for my own recovery plus to be a source of help for those “still suffering” from depression. If you know something works, you normally keep doing it. You see and feel the benefits of the direction your life is taking. You begin to feel peace (integrity) and hope as you follow the roadmap which lays out for you a step by step journey producing sobriety, sanity and serenity. We are all a “work in progress” as the saying goes. We all feel this inner urge to move ahead after being immobilized so long by fear, shame and physically immobilized. I speak for myself here.
My new and improved reconstruction process is ongoing. My revamping has been painful at times. I admit that. Change is never easy, especially when it has to do with personal beliefs and attitudes that we always have held about ourselves. But after using my program of recovery of the Twelve Steps, and clarifying my thinking about who I am and who I need to become, a completely new vista for living opened up to me that multitude of possibilities of which I never could have imagined.
What gives purpose to my life today? My life has purpose today because I felt a need to share a simple program of reconstruction, recovery for anyone suffering from something over which they felt they had no control. Telling my story and sharing my belief of hope to those who lost all hope and who believed life had to always be lived in misery and despair gives great meaning to my life. We put hope where once there was no hope; help where there was no help.
Here I am, today, continuing to keeping hope in my own heart as I continue to give hope to your heart. Now if that doesn’t give meaning/purpose to one’s life I don’t know what could. What are your thoughts on this?
SOURCES: Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition.(2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.
The Depressed Anonymous Workbook (2002) DAP. Louisville.
Depressed Once-Not Twice (2000) : A spiritual autobiography of the journey out of depression. DAP,. Louisville.
Higher Thoughts for down days: 365 daily thoughts and meditations. Louisville
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