Today, Mary, a member of the Depressed Anonymous fellowship shares some of her personal thoughts about her recovery. In one of the personal stories from Depressed Anonymous (2011) she shares
“Today I can experience hope. I will believe I can live this day with pleasant thoughts. I will do one activity that will give me hope and light for today.”
Mary continues to make her remarkable recovery by being part of a fellowship where all members have an opportunity for learning how to use the tools which will deliver them from the pain and isolation of their depression.
She continues to tell us that “today I will not dwell on the past and the losses that have occurred.”
Of the many areas of her life that she reflects on in her story, she shares that instead of thinking about the past and the harm that her losses have cost her personally, she now examines the possibilities which her new program of hope is providing for healing and a new way of looking at life and her role in it.
In the Depressed Anonymous fellowship Mary is learning to accept the fact that she doesn’t have to stay depressed. Now, today, her group is encouraging her to be part of a hopeful journey shared by all its members. One of its main messages is to live one day at a time; to live with the belief that as other members of the group tell their stories of how they escaped the trauma and pain of depression, so too can she. It is a fact that by following and incorporating the Twelve Spiritual principles of the Steps in her own life — this is what has brought her to the point of recovery for herself and many others.
Mary now has a plan that works. She wants to tell others about how she has been willing, open and honest about having that great need to believe in something so much bigger than herself or her depression. She has had a spiritual awakening, releasing in her a new peace and a new purpose, not only for her own recovery but for those many others like herself who are seeking a solution, focused on a new depression-free way to live.
She now believes that living out the 12 Steps of Depressed Anonymous in her own life is what has brought her to this place of freedom from fear and despair.
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(c) Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville, KY. Personal Stories. Pgs.134-135.