76. The Death of the Black Dog

In past blogs I have pictured the image of a black dog crouching beside me as a metaphor that depression is ever near me, waiting to take over my body, soul, and spirit. My brother Bill, a Christian psychotherapist, said that image is one of fear; the black dog is waiting to leap up and tear me apart.

My response to him was, “I am not afraid of depression. I have accepted it as a condition of my being that may

visit me again, but now I know how to deal with it.”

Bill said, “Then it’s time for the black dog to die and be replaced by a more appropriate metaphor.”

Here it is:

In my life, there is a cloud of depression somewhere around me – sometimes far away, sometimes close, sometimes enveloping me. Right now, it is far away.

I prefer it to be far away and tolerate it being close, but even when depression envelopes me, it is dissipated by the tools I have incorporated into my life to bring health to my body and soul; and by the sun/Son that brings light into my spirit and brings me into a quiet place where I am healed.

So body, soul, and spirit, these three, that when in order, can keep incapacitating depression away from me and even allow me to live a functional life when the cloud covers me.

In short, I can live free of the depression that is the black dog waiting to attack me, but I am not ignorant that he has been replaced by a cloud ever in my life.

About Patrick Day

triumphoverdepression.org This blog is my ministry to support those who are depressed, in gratefulness for my having overcome major depression. Read "About Patrick Day" just to the right of "home" on the top of the blog site to find out more particulars about me. I retired from a career in higher education, where I served as Dean of Instruction, and promptly moved into a life of purposelessness and despair for five years, finally coming out on the other side. I am now an author, a business and life coach, a writer of this blog, and a volunteer for various organizations. What I write about in this blog is not hypothetical comments on depression. I have been there, felt the horrible pain, had my life disrupted, and experienced everything that I write about. I pray that I may be a blessing to you.
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