I will build up my self-esteem and self-respect by learning a hobby or skill that will bring me pleasure. “Dorothy Rowe says that “Spoon feeding is no use to you. You have to feed yourself.”
I believe that feeding oneself is really the idea that grabs hold of most people who have a genuine desire to stop saddening themselves. It appears to me that once I make a commitment to myself to begin to learn how to feel better, I really do begin feeling much better. I imagine that even though my passive depressed behavior had some benefits – like not having to risk changing the way I lived my life. I believe that since there is a way out of my depression that I do want to move into a different way of living my life. I want to live with hope and I am going to do something about it to make it happen.
I feed myself junk thoughts when I think that there is no hope for me in my life. This is the stuff that depression is made of. If I want to get well and out of the prison that I call depression, I need to begin feeding myself with such hopeful thoughts, that my sadness won’t last forever, whatever I believe and expect to happen, just the way I want it to happen.
We are thankful that we can feed ourselves healthy thoughts and that we can change our diet by discovering what has been junk food in our past life, substituting healthy food (thoughts) for the present. God will show us a way to live in a healthy and serene way. (Personal comment).
SOURCE: (C) Higher Thoughts for down days: 365 daily thoughts and meditations for members of 12 step fellowship groups. Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville, Kentucky. Page 89. May 29.
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