Hello and welcome back to Second Chance to Live. I am happy to see that you decided to stop by to visit with me. Thank you. Over the past several days I have been struggling with some depression. As I shared my struggle I began to realize that I was in the process of grieving on a deeper level.
Note: In Kubler-Ross’s book, On Death and Dying she addresses the 5 stages of grieving: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance. In my experience I have found that my grieving is not limited to the loss of a loved one or friend. Consequently, the 5 stages of grieving can be applied to any loss — whether perceived or real.
When I heard of these 5 stages of the grieving process my sadness took on a new meaning. I began to realize that I could use my sadness, instead of being used by my sadness. I could grieve my loss and use my sadness as an opportunity — an opportunity to find a new freedom.
In my process I came to realize that my sadness was meant to be an indicator. In my process I came to understand that my depression was meant to point me in the direction of my dreams. In my process I came to realize that my sadness was meant to catalyze healthy change.
I found that my emotional pain was not something to run away from, but instead something to embrace. I found that my emotional pain, my sadness and my depression could be used for my good. Consequently, I made the decision to use my depression to empower my process instead of allowing my depression to be for naught.
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