I accepted that God, as the God of my understanding is loving and forgiving. The 12 Step group and our God is the pillar of our strength and healing. The #2 STATEMENT OF BELIEF of Depressed Anonymous.
In depression the first thing that we must do is to take charge of our lives and incorporate a planned pleasant activity in our daily lives. If I don’t, I will continue to linger on alone and live a half-life. Nothing beyond my reach can absorb my pain of isolation and feeling worthless. This is especially true for many of us in mid-life where the dreams we once thought possible remain stillborn. We seem to have lost the time to do something positive with our lives. We feel stuck. I want to get involved with a fellowship of persons who are learning new ways of living with a sense of purpose. We want to live our lives with hope. Step Two of Depressed Anonymous states that “we came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. We will “let go and let God.”
Comment: I am thinking this morning and attempting to clarify some of my thinking about having a purpose for my life. I remember that it was at the mid-life point of my life (45 years) where my life gradually screeched to a halt. That is when my life, plummeted down to the half-life point. My life’s meaning, instead of providing hope and purpose drew my resources down until the only purpose that I could envision was to try and get out of bed in the morning. My concentration was focused–but only on my pain. Another way of looking at it is using the metaphor of looking at the gas gauge on your car’s dash and seeing that it reads empty.
When I discovered a group of people, just like myself, in the 12 Step recovery program did my life began to happen. My experience with depression and living daily the recovery process has provided me with a wealth of purposeful living and meaning. My half-life became a very full life. Everyday I am blessed to be able to communicate with person depressed, be it locally or from the far corners of the world. Whether it is with emails, SKYPE or to meet face to face with fellow members sharing their experiences and who are desiring a way out of their depression.
I know from personal experience that mid-life or really any part of one’s life there may be a need for a reexamination of what our life is about and possibly for it to take a more purposeful direction. And no matter where our life stands today we are always poised on making it purposeful and filled with meaning. A full life is one filled with hope, service to others while embedded in a fellowship of persons like ourselves. For myself today, I know it is my fellowship group, Depressed Anonymous.
Take the plunge if you like and find out how you too can have a life filled with purpose, service to others like yourself, and part of a dynamic Depressed Anonymous 12 Step group.
SOURCES: (c) Believing is seeing: 15 ways to leave the prison of depression (2015) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.
(c) Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.