I think we have all heard the saying “when the student is ready the teacher arrives.” I believe that’s true. They call it synchronicity. It’s like persons who have dreams. How many young people dream that when they get older they are going to be a baseball player, an actor, great pianist etc? It works out that what we hold onto — holds onto us.
But to get where we want to go includes pain and struggle. We have to pay some price-sometimes a large price and sometimes even to the point of giving up our lives. There will be obstacles along our way and we try and handle them as best we can with the resources that we have at the time.
But let me say this, no matter how bad things get, there is usually a path laid out before us, where we can find what we have been looking for. I think the same happens when we experience depression and live with that sinking mood of feeling helpless and hopeless. But there is always hope. We learn how to use the tools for change and recovery. (See Personal Stories in Depressed Anonymous).
And we know that “change” is painful. The first step is really the beginning of the end of our pain. By admitting that we are in pain is that which paradoxically begins the release from our pain. This is the paradox of letting go as we have learned from Step Three which suggests that we “make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.” From this point on, as we follow the Twelve Step path of freedom from depression, we begin to believe that there is a chance for me to get well.
That’s a Promise of the Twelve Steps. Get on board and find what you are looking for.
Depressed Anonymous, 3rd edition. (2011) Depressed Anonymous Publications. Louisville. KY