The motion picture (1999) , PAYING IT FORWARD is about the recipient of a good deed who pays it forward to some other than the original benefactor. Our very own program of recovery, Depressed Anonymous makes the same commitment to those who are depressed. I have found it to be a truth that the more I offer others what I have experienced in my own recovery the more I strengthen my serenity and peace.
When I shared with a local Depressed Anonymous group how my own recovery from depression has been a gift from my Higher Power — members of the fellowship just about fell off their seats. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? A gift? Well, yes, it certainly has turned out to be that way. Ever since the first group was founded in 1985 I have been sharing with those others still suffering from depression. I share that by practicing the Steps in my own life I have found serenity and hope. I am no longer alone. I have the tools to stay in recovery and to be in contact with others just like myself who are making or have made their way out of the prison of their own depression. It is by paying it forward to others which has made it possible for me to keep focused on my own recovery and to practice what I preach.
Paradoxically it has been my own brokenness, anxiety and fear, which led me to a power greater than myself. I think that God, our Higher Power, inspires us to go and set free, the key, to help others know and believe that there is a way out of their depression. And when the depressed “get it” they too want to begin to pay It forward to others who still suffer. So, pass it on. It is possibly one of the best gifts you can give to another!
The Twelfth Step of Depressed Anonymous states that: “Having had a spiritual experience as a result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to the depressed, and to practice these principles in all of our affairs.”
Source: Depressed Anonymous (2011) 3rd Edition. Depressed Anonymous Publications. Pages 104-109.