Today’s Feel Good Friday topic is a bit on the somber side. I have several friends who are struggling with depression right now. And it’s so very painful to watch. As an outsider looking in, I feel I say all of the wrong things, and due to the miles between us, I cannot be there to hug them, hold them, or anything…So I watch from a distance, offer my pitiful words of support, and hope for the best.
American author, Barbara Kingsolver, put it nicely:
“There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.”
For those of you suffering with depression, and yes, suffering is the appropriate word: you are not alone in this struggle. There is light at the end of the tunnel, somewhere. I wish I could point you to that path, but I do not know it. Your friends and family will be here for you, even though we may not know what best to say or how best to act. We are here. And for those of you who are my close friends and are dealing with this, you know I love you. Yes, you.