“Every decision that we make alters the world of meaning which we have created. Deciding to eat Wheat Puffs instead of Corn Flakes for breakfast may not be a major change, but abandoning thinking ‘ I am bad and unacceptable’ and replacing it with ‘I accept and value myself’ is. Every decision you have made since you decided that you were bad and valueless was based on that decision. Now, all these conclusions need reviewing and changing. ” Dorothy Rowe, Breaking the Bonds. Fontana. 1991.
CLARIFICATION OF THOUGHT
Making a decision is the first step in getting free and being liberated from my depression. From this step follows the many other steps that are to be taken that will allow me to begin to see how the thoughts I think, definitely affect the way I feel. My next step is to review the different ways in which I can value myself. My first new response to my own negative thinking about myself is to believe that today I will begin my exit from the prison of my own negativity and pessimism.
My struggle to wrest myself free from depression means that I am to make some initial steps in my own health. I want to believe that it is the fact that I want to value myself and my life that I will no longer allow myself to wallow in self-pity, but decide to start to make an effort to take mastery again over the way I feel and think.
We will let go of our ignorance about how this universe is operated. I let the God of my understanding take charge. I continue to dip my oars into the water of life and risk letting God be the rudder master.
I want to make a plan today, to decide how I can do one thing differently so that I might value who I am as a human being. I will write down how I will dip my oars in the water in the next 24 hours and change what I need to change.
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