I want to risk being in charge of my life today. No one can really make me feel a certain way unless I allow them to.
“Some of the new things you do on your journey out of the prison of depression will be pleasant and involve a little risk. Some of the new things will be risky, for they will challenge our greatest fear.
Being depressed for so long for many sufferers had been a long journey – a journey of living through the many passages that is hell itself. These passages always end up leading through other passages just as isolating and dead – end like all the rest.
I want to risk today so that I will be able to discover what it is that I need to do to live with hope and some healing. My greatest fear is my own fear of being annihilated and reduced to a cipher. I know that my greatest hope is that I will be able to endure whatever it is that I need to endure.
In my movement away from depression with all its sadness I now choose something different today as I risk the chance of injury to my self respect or my ego. I will not fear what comes because I want to be free more than I want to be safe.”
God, give us the right to trust that you will truly lead us into freedom by our daily actions of courage and our willingness to step out to be our best friend and assert our right to live on this earth with everyone else. (Personal comments)
SOURCES: Higher thoughts for down days: 365 daily meditations and thoughts for members of 12 step fellowship groups. (1989, 1996 ). Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. Pages 76 to 77.
Depressed Anonymous, third edition. (2011). Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.
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Believing is seeing: 15 ways to leave the prison of depression. (2016). Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.
I’ll do it when I feel better. (2015) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville.
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