120. Self-Compassion II

Your self-esteem is the measure of how well you think you are doing. For a person depressed self-esteem is experienced through a black cloud that paints the past, present, and future in a murky shade of grey. The problem is when ones self-esteem is determined by the events, situations, and circumstances that happen on a moment-by-moment basis. One day self-esteem is in the bottom of a deep pit; another day is more normal. You go up and down based on what is happening to you on the surface. It’s not a pleasant life.

In the natural world, we are all vulnerable; someone who is depressed is especially

vulnerable. In the natural world, a depressed person who has been feeling well for weeks is only a bad night’s sleep away from heading back into the pit.

You can choose to change worlds. In the Spiritual world your self-esteem is established by faith that you are a child of God and have infinite worth in His eyes, just as the prodigal son was seen by his father as his beloved son and not as the miscreant who had spent his inheritance in wild living.

The world recognizes value by success and defines winners and losers by what they accomplish. Just look at the recent Olympics where value was measured by the gold, silver, and bronze medals worn by the winners. Many losers were in tears because they had let everyone down. As far as some were concerned, for the rest of their lives they would never be able to overcome the self-stigma of failure as human beings. Aha, but not all. Among the losers were those who saw their value as dependent on God and were followers of Jesus Christ and not followers of the repute given to them by the world.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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