To Feel Joy Again


Visions for those too tired to sleep.  These seeds cast a film over eyes which weep.” — Amy Lowell

Many of us have struggled with depression during our lives.  Many of us have also felt shame when we were depressed, as if we were lazy or weren’t trying hard enough.

But that isn’t true.  The causes of depression are complex, and those of us who suffer from it owe it to ourselves to keep searching for relief.  As we work toward personal growth, it is natural for us to long to put all of our energy into our new lives.  The hopelessness, self-blame and apathy of depression can be paralyzing and even life-threatening.  When we need to cut stress, depression is a burden we don’t have to carry.

Whether our feelings are a result of external circumstances or our body’s chemistry, we can take good care of ourselves.  We can feel our anger and sadness.  We can seek professional help if necessary.  Try and remember, “This too shall pass.”  There can be an end to the suffering of depression.  We have good reason to hope we will feel joy again.

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About Mark Schmitz

Living in Phoenix, AZ since 1995, originally from Brown Deer, Wisconsin. I'm a Gemini born on May 26, 1961. Single, GWM who is HIV and healthy. Spiritually diverse, I'm just trying to stay on the right path to learn all that I came here to learn. That's what my blogs are about - and total honesty.

Posted on September 14, 2010, in 12 Step Program, Addiction, Life, Mental Health, Personal Growth, Self-improvement and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Depression, as I discuss in my post on the subject, is absolutely something that can be treated. It’s very – very – hard to remember when you’re suffering from it that things do get better. You’re right on to remind us to keep thinking positive.

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