Change the Conversation.
Well if you been following my blogs the past several weeks you have a better understanding where I’m coming from and what I’ve been through, and why it is that I feel so strongly about changing the conversation. Our culture is stuck, comfortable, in a rut so to speak. I’ve stopped reading the majority of blogs, self-help books, and whatever else comes across my screen because it’s too damn depressing. I read a blog the other day about being an anxious mom and the solution at the end of the blog, was to keep asking your children for forgiveness. That’s not a solution, if anything that’s an insult. I can’t imagine someone reading that who is in the throes of anxiety and worrying about being a parent, wife etc., and only to come to the end of the blog and get punched in the gut. We’ve spent millions of dollars on research about depression/anxiety around awareness, demographics, etc., but no real solutions, just more statistics. While this research is extremely important, it can’t end there.
There is hope even in the midst of depression.
My hope is to give you hope, not just affirm the negative tape that is on replay in your mind, but help you find ways to change that tape. Did you know the average person has 60,000 thoughts a day and 80% of them are negative? I think it’s pretty clear that we are aware of the problem, what we need is solutions. We all need affirmation that we aren’t alone and that we aren’t the first to feel this way, but we can’t stay there. We’re surrounded by a culture of affirmation, but somehow in our quest to find affirmation we’ve lost the ability to problem solve and move forward. We confide in one another, we seek out community, we read books about our problems, but no one is giving solutions. I’m tired of the affirmation, I’m thankful our culture is beginning to embrace, acknowledge and recognize this problem, but we can’t stay there. I refuse to stay there and so should you.
Living an abundant life is possible even with depression and anxiety.
There’s more to this life then sustaining, we should be thriving. Thriving, living, enjoying, and embracing this life. Please understand, I don’t mean all the sudden all your circumstances are going to change, you’re thin, you’re financially stable, whatever your (fill in the blank here) of what makes you happy happens. I mean learning how to live well right now, with what you have where you’re at. I want to fight this battle with you, alongside you and remind you that we have the tools to do it. I’m sure as hell not going to take this laying down and neither are you. In the spirit of one of my favorite movies from the early 2000’s, Bring it On!
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31, 37-39