237. Body, Soul, and Spirit

There was a day in my depression when I looked out the window to witness a day so dreary that it was a match for the languishment in my soul. It is not so today, though the weather outside is as dreary as it was then.

What is the difference you might ask? I finally came to accept that the chemistry of my body is wired for depression and I need to take medication for the rest of my life, even if I’m feeling good.

The soul part of it is that I now have a strong purpose for my life as an author, publisher, and coach to business individuals and those who are depressed – all started when I was depressed. In addition, I have more than ten tools in my toolbox to ward off depression or minimize it when it comes knocking on my door: occasional psychotherapy sessions, classical and Christian music, reading wholesome books, visiting a person once a week who has muscular dystrophy, taking rest breaks when stress builds, and having a bedtime wind-down routine, to name a few.

Ah, but the spirit side of my healing is the capstone. I could talk about prayer, Bible reading, meditation, and worship; but these were not particularly helpful until I learned to put every minute of my life in God’s hands. Job had it right when he said, “Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him.”

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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