What a great resource!
Just some quick facts to remind us all the degree of difficulty our own or a loved one’s depression can have.
I have recently been reminded of how important it is to find, develop, and have a passion in your life. My winter passion is quilting and sewing. I very much enjoy the process of finding a pattern, seeking the perfect fabric, and putting the product together. It becomes quite therapeutic. This may seem like an antiquated hobby; however I liken it to carpenters building furniture. The resulting quilt or garments are incredibly rewarding.
As I reflected on my own passions, I remembered several others: hiking, painting, crafting, gardening and reading to name a few. What are special to me about passions are feelings you get during the process: lost sense of time, pride, joy, accomplishment, and serenity. The things you are passionate about will leave you feeling full and motivated as opposed to lazy and worthless. For me a contrast would be how I feel after watching television…I tend to feel tired, lazy, and unproductive. Those are not feelings I want to have!
What do you enjoy? What can you do to discover new passions or rekindle past ones? What have you secretly always wanted to try?
Employ your friends, purchase discounted classes or events on-line, think back to things you’ve enjoyed and take steps toward them. No one cares how often you do it or how much it costs except you. This is for you. It’s time you make time for you.
I was deeply moved by this video. Being a friend to people who have disabilities has been and is a foundational part of my life. I can understand people’s curiosity with wanting to look at things that are unique; however when curiosity yields to exclusion, bullying, and/or gossiping, it crosses a line into damaging territory. I encourage you to watch and share this video. People with physical disabilities are people nonetheless, who deserve the same rights and respect as everyone else.