230. A Lesson from Gettysburg

For those of us who have experienced profound depression, we have fought the battle of Gettysburg in our souls. Gettysburg was three days in July 1863 of chaos, fear, anxiety, uncertainty, loss of orientation, little sleep, and an overwhelming dread. Sound familiar to those of you who have been afflicted with depression?

For me, the three days of Gettysburg lasted four years, a disaster on all sides. And then my depression retreated, like the Army of Northern Virginia slipping away on the evening of July 4, 1863.

For two more years, the war continued, with skirmishes here and there, and some major battles yet to be fought. It is perhaps that way with some of you – the depression retreats only to come back now and again for a period of time, for some over a lifetime.

Finally the war ends in 1865 at Appomattox and stability returns. I pray that is the way with you, my friends. It has been the way for me. Not that there aren’t skirmishes for me to fight now and again, but the battle of Gettysburg is in the past, an ugly reminder of how bad things got in my life. These days I am better equipped to fight depression when the forces of darkness come marching up from the valleys, for I am on the high ground and God is by my side.

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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One Response to 230. A Lesson from Gettysburg

  1. BOB FARQUHAR says:

    Encouraging!

    Sent from my Droid Charge on Verizon 4GLTE

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