Keep Your Face To The Sunshine, And You Will Not See The Shadows

This title is an old Native American proverb and to me represents how to beat Depression.  It is important what you think about and what you expose yourself to.  Be mindful of what you watch on TV, music you listen to, people you associate with, or even where your mind wanders.  It’s not really rocket science but the more positive/uplifting people and things you expose yourself to, the more you think about it, the more positive and uplifting you will be.  

To come at it another way, there is also a short Native American Tale called “The Two Wolves” that goes like this…

One evening, an elderly, Cherokee Brave told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My Son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. 

One wolf is Evil.  It is Anger, Envy, Jealousy, Sorrow, Regret, Greed, Arrogance, Self-Pity, Guilt, Resentment, Inferiority, Lies, False Pride, Superiority, and Ego.

One wolf is Good.  It is Joy, Peace, Love, Hope, Serenity, Humility, Kindness, Benevolence, Empathy, Generosity, Truth, Compassion, and Faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute then asked, “Which wolf wins?...”

The Old Cherokee simply smiled and replied, “The one you feed.”

After my divorce it was very difficult to look to the sunshine.  I did not see the sunshine, feel the sunshine, although technically I knew it was there… somewhere.  I was definitely feeding the Evil Wolf because the pain was so raw that was all I could focus on.  I did have some help from a Social Worker who finally told me, “You are hanging on to your story.”  At first I was indignant and appalled, “What do you mean?  Of course I’ve let it go!”  

But as I was driving home I thought about it some more and realized what she meant.  My thoughts were dwelling on "my story" meaning of "what happened to me" so much it was like a broken record.  My thoughts were NOT going in the right direction!  I knew that if I was not careful, I could go from bad to worse.  So the battle had begun and I always want to make sure that the Good Wolf wins! 

I had to be proactive.  I had to be mindful of where my thoughts took me.  I was treating my bad memories like watching some TV horror movie by pulling out a bag of popcorn and flopping on the couch.  I had to "change the channel" so to speak towards thoughts that made me happy.  

My best advice would be if you are in the same spot as I was… do what you have to do look for positive and uplifting things, no matter how small or big.  For further thoughts on this, you may want to read my earlier other post Just Choose To Be Happy? What??.  And if you have read it already, then perhaps these thoughts made it sink in a little more because although it may be simple, it is not the easiest concept to receive.

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