Made In The Shade: Another Perspective On Depression

Posted on February 18, 2013


Anguish of my spirit-Job 7:11

Depression Defined: Magnification of a narrow focus.

“The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close up”Chuck Palahniu

“It’s a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” – George Eliot

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.” – Bertrand Russell

Depression Defined #2 Unrealistic expectations and lack of skill sets.

“Distance lends enchantment to the view.”-Mark Twain

#1 Let’s take another perspective on depression. Consider this when you hide in a dark room feeling immobilized. Perhaps subconsciously you like to remind yourself of how you were in your Mother’s womb. As you recall when you were in nature’s incubator you grew during that time. Growth is natural. Don’t see this retreat as another dark night of the soul. Consider it as your desire to be in a place of development, nourishment and acceptance. Leave your space knowing that it’s ok to want promotion, provision and progress.

“The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.” –

Horace Walpole

“Life is a drama to those who feel and a joy to those who have wisdom.”

Dr. Alvin’s Narratives of Wisdom

“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same World.”

Dr. Wayne Dyer

 #2 Depression offers clues. It exposes the cluelessness of others. The lack of solid fellowship, kinship and companionship with others who celebrate your focus can be the culprit. Your heart is like a vessel sailing on the sea of life. You have cargo space for others. Where there is no on broad consider changing waterways to find passengers who seek passage with you.

“I have created the waster to destroy.”-Prophet Isaiah 54:16

“No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”

Prophet Isaiah 54:17, Jamie Foxx singing Fred Hammond’s rendition-NAACP Image Awards 2013

 “Sounds they never dissipate, they only recreate to another place in time.”

I Write The Song-Earth Wind & Fire

#3 The King & Preacher Solomon said that everything that was made and everything you do has a purpose and a season. It’s all good and nothing is wasteful or a waste of time. Your heart is like a botanical garden filled with an assortment of growing plants. Waste for example i.e. dung is used to provide valuable nutrients, decomposed green food is an organic fertilizer, and rock dust provides minerals and trace elements that strengthen the individual cell walls of plants making them resistant to insects and disease. These and other waste items provide moisture and reduce the amount of water the garden needs. The Horticulturist of Your Soul wants you to know that this period is not a waste of time. Even though you may not understand the process, something wonderful is happening and it will work in your favor after while.

  “The hidden harmony is better than the obvious”Pablo Picasso

“I, Daniel alone saw the vision”-Daniel 10:7

#4 Hide to seek. To steal away is to seek privacy, counsel and reflection. To be still is to cultivate the art of listening. There is a time for group think and a time to celebrate solitude.

“I’m just thinking about coolin out.” – Jerry Butler

#5 Cool off from exposure.  Discernment is know differences. Discretion is to keep your difference to yourself. Sometimes silence is more precious than gold.

“Electricity is really just organized lighting.” – George Carlin

“The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole.” – Oscar Wilde

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

Abraham Lincoln

#6 Go dark. The kingdom dwells within and not without. For peak performance and success you must do an inside job. Study and train yourself to reframe, regroup and rest. Know and recite for example the Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”

“There are no facts, only interpretations.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life.” – Joseph Campbell

“Truth is the property of no individual, but is the treasure of all men.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

#7 Secret Place. What is valuable is not familiar, obvious and not easily available. Scarcity and effort create value.

“When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I have finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”-Albert Camus

Story: Nat King Cole & Mel Torme-The Christmas Song 1944. The song was written during a blistering hot summer in an effort to stay cool by thinking cool.

Finally thought: Four Goals

“Soul Power”-James Brown

#1. Have an abundance consciousness.

#2. View life as an open door.

#3. Realize that change for the better is actionable.

#4  Elevate your thoughts

Appendix: Famous Persons with Depressive Disorders

Beyonce                                 Abraham Lincoln

Ray Charles                            Halle Berry

Bruce Springsteen                   Johnny Carson

David Letterman                      Buzz Aldrin

Ellen DeGeneres                      Michelangelo

Mozart                                   Conan O’Brien

James Taylor                          Uma Thurman

T.I.                                        Eminem

Vincent Van Gogh                   Isaac Newton

Winston Churchill                    Janet Jackson

John D. Rockefeller                 T. Boone Pickens

Diana                                     J.K. Rowling

Charley Pride                          Dolly Parton

Oprah                                             Mike Wallace

Ashley Judd                            and many other notables.

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