“The Lord has eyes for the just and ears for their cry.” Psalms 34:16
A lot of posts of have been going around the social media scene lately about mental health and illness. I will not focus on stats, I will not focus on anyone else, I will focus on me and my path and how it has brought me on a roller coaster path that I hope in the end will bring me closer to my family and my God.
I have depression….. I hate labels, but it is what it is. It is a burden that I have been given in this Earthly life, and I will do my best to carry it with pride. Labels hurt, especially one like depression where there may never be outward signs of illness like there are for things like cancer. It is not a one-size-fits all diagnosis and telling someone to “think happy thoughts” will not make them do so. People cannot just get over it. And, as I have told my wife, if you do not have it, you cannot understand it. Continue reading “A New Beginning-Again…and Again…and….”
The 18th century poet Robert Burns famously wrote in “To a Mouse”;
“But Mouse, you are not alone, In proving foresight may be vain: The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry, And leave us nothing but grief and pain, For promised joy!”
This poem would later be the inspiration for a novel more of us may be familiar with, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. A quote the regular readers of this blog may be more familiar with, “If you’re ever looking for a joke to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” This is not necessarily a “feel good” blog post, but is meant for those who find themselves wandering in their own metaphorical wilderness.
Suffering is something we all do, probably daily. Some people are really good at hiding it while others are over powered by it. What is suffering to you and how can you begin to change the way you handle it?
This morning I started my day by reading the daily readings. One of the things I love about our Holy Mother Church is the thematic journey she takes us on with the daily readings. It is always a great experience. When I finished the readings I found myself dwelling on the idea of depression and its impact on our lives. Continue reading “Hurting?”