An excerpt from Depressed Anonymous / Step Twelve

Remarkable things happen to us when we are willing to admit defeat and talk about our powerlessness over our depression and how our lives had  become unmanageable. The first step is the beginning of the flight of steps that takes us up and into of our new way of living.  At our fellowship of Depressed  Anonymous we talk hope, we act hopeful, and we think hope. We learn that our thinking depressed and negative thoughts might have gotten us in the shape that we are in today.  What you think is what you become.  For us who find sadness our second  nature, we at times continue to revert to the comfort of old familiar negative thinking and are in actuality returning to self-destructive activity.  Hope is overcome by sadness.

When  we become convinced that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity, we found ourselves turning many times during a twenty-four hour period to that power. It is a rock in a rocky sea that we all hold onto when we find it easier just to give up and sadden ourselves, instead of facing the storm and living through the fear.  What Bill W., said about the alcoholic applies equally to the saddict:  “He/she can settle for mediocrity and self-satisfaction  even though this  may indeed prove to be  a precarious perch.  Or he/she can choose to go on growing in greatness of spirit and action.

SOURCE: Copyright(C) Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications.  Louisville. Ky. Page 107.


  1. Indeed mediocrity is a precarious perch indeed. I once saw a WWII documentary , Mc Arthur was ordered to wait on beach till navy ships picked them up, he knew the Jap planes would come and shoot them all dead on the beach! They had to go back in the Jungle and hide till the navy came to get them!
    It is what we think and feel while waiting in the Jungle for the Navy ships to pick us up that matters. We can’t just wait on the beach!

  2. Wisdom to know the difference! Confidence and courage to know that some tiny bit of information or sense of reality I may have or know could be the variable that helps me alter the plan in a way that will save myself and maybe others around me

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