155. Do Something for Someone Else

When I was deep in depression and seeking any way out, the Holy Spirit prompted me to find someone in great need and satisfy that need, rather than feeling sorry for myself.

With further prompting, I stopped by a local nursing home and asked to regularly visit someone who didn’t have regular visitors. The pastor at Park View assigned me to Marv Schaar, a man slightly older than me who had muscular dystrophy.

I first met with Marv in 2008 and have visited him most every Saturday morning ever since. After a few months, I found that something magical had happened: by doing something good for someone else, something good happened to me. The severity of my depression lessened and I am now free of depression and still visiting Marv. Was this the key event that started me on the road to healing? No, but it was a piece of the puzzle.

If you are depressed, I would encourage you to reach out to someone else, even if you don’t want to, especially if you don’t want to. And even if you aren’t depressed, I’d still encourage you to reach out. You will feel better about yourself as a result. It’s like magic.

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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2 Responses to 155. Do Something for Someone Else

  1. Robert Farquhar says:

    I like your suggestion. This makes so much sense to me. Ministering to the needs of others with no motive other than to bless them has a positive & powerful impact not just on the other but to ourselves:)

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