How to Move From your Home called Depression, and Step into a Resort Called Peaceville.
I had a great time today meeting with many retired teachers from the Albany school district. We all met at a golf club meeting room in Albany, Oregon, and enjoyed the fact that we didn’t have to report back to school today. (For those that live in India, Oregon is the most beautiful state in the United States, and you are welcome to come and check us out.) The gathering is a yearly get together to see old friends, and gloat over those that still have to be in the trenches.
I was very fortunate to have permission from the organizer (Whata woman!!) to pass out some brochures that I had made for my up coming book called, “Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Through Bumper Stickers.”
There were maybe 80 people there to meet and great. As I handed out the brochures, some of the people I talked to said they had been struggling with depression since they retired. They loved teaching so much. It was hard to close the door on it.
Others knew of someone else that was struggling with depression that weren’t teachers, but were also battling the affliction. I am finding this to be a common pattern where ever I am able to talk or hand out brochures.
So many people (19 Million) are silently struggling with depression or related demons. They do not do anything about it. It leaves them eventually because the person dies. There may be a war in Iraq, and Afghanistan, but there is also a different war in this world that some are losing.
How can we get off this train of despair? Why do we let depression overtake us? Shouldn’t we be happy with our family and love ones around us? Is there a way to climb out of the dreadful pit and have a productive life?
Let me share some thoughts with you, and see if you can see any light at the end of the tunnel.
1. People seem to think that they will be embarrassed if they let someone know they are depressed. That couldn’t further from the truth! Don’t you think your close family and friends would jump in to help you, faster than a cat on a hot tin roof, if they knew you were hurting? Of course they would. Stop closing the door on others and wallowing in your own pity. Let people become your support system to get you out of your despair.
2. Why do we let depression overtake us? Because we become very vulnerable to the dark side of life when we have something go wrong. We can’t just keep going as if nothing ever happened. We either deal with it, or we crash, like I did.
3. Depression has many names by the way. It hides under the names of self doubt, anxiety, fear, hopelessness, and self pity. They all are different names, but they are all symptoms of the Big Kahuna depression. All of those nasty critters push us into the lake of muck and mire, and we can’t seem to stay afloat. Don’t let this villain ambush you! Keep your eyes on the light side of life, and not on the dark side.
4. The bottom line? Tell the bad guys to get out of Dodge, and let the good guys come in and help you ride off into the sunset of peace together.
One of the chapters in my book, “Close Encounters of the Heavenly Kind: Through Bumper Stickers,” has a cleaver dream I had called, “The Gun Fight at the not so OK Corral?” It was an actual dream. I may have changed the dream a little (a lot) to be an inspiring story on how to fight all of these afflictions.
That is all you are going to learn now. You will have to go to my website, www.dougbolton.com (Cleaver name don’t you think?) and I promise it will be one of the first free excerpts you can read when you subscribe. The site will be up and running by Sept. 4th. So go to my blog at, www.depressionsuppressed.com and stay tuned. I will be announcing the “grand opening” there.
In closing I want to say that I loved meeting all of my teaching friends, and I hope that you are having a wonderful retirement. Don’t sit down in the rocking chair just yet, (good place to get depressed,) and get out in the sun. Smell those famous roses. Climb that mountain you have always wanted to try. Go to France, and see some pretty funky cars. Take a walk on a hiking trial that has many wild flowers, and look very deeply. Did you know there are little critters walking around down there? They are glad to see you, so stop by and say hello! Go fishing, hunting, catch crab, (instead of being one) and you will see you don’t have an extra minute to be depressed. Depression will get tired of waiting for you to fall, and run away with its tail between it legs!!
Remember to check out the author website in six days. I will have a count down each day on this blog. I try to post every day, but I have been traveling (to Hawaii) and have been ill until last Sunday. (Had to have a pacemaker put in.)
Do not feel sorry for me. I will be posting later about how much fun I had in the hospital. Let me just say the nurses will never forget me. This should get you hooked.