” Remarkable things happen to us when we are willing to admit defeat and talk about our powerlessness over depression and how our lives had become un-manageable. This first step is the beginning of the flight of steps that takes us up and into 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 behavior. Hope is overcome by sadness.”
SOURCE: Depressed Anonymous. Depressed Anonymous Publications.Page 107.
We all have heard the saying, seeing is believing. I prefer the reverse, namely, that believing is seeing. Once the newcomer arrives through the door of a Depressed Anonymous meeting for the first time, they will hear and see recovery in action.
Possibly for the first time the newcomer to the DA group will hear their story voiced by the various members of the group. They will see that they are not alone. They discover how their own sadness gets a positive jolt as they hear hope expressed in the recovery group. It is easier to believe someone when they share the same conditions of isolation, and feeling hopeless that you feel. In fact, in a group of people much like oneself, you begin to see that maybe, just maybe, there is hope for you as well.