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“The Nicest Guy I Know”

I am attending one of the friendliest churches I have ever gone to. The picture above was not taken in my church but it could be! People are welcomed warmly and cheerfully and made to feel important and at home right away. I love that about my church.

Who doesn't like being greeted when you walk through any doors, whether that is at home, or in a store or restaurant, or maybe at work, and definitely at church.

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What do Bluejays and Squirrels have in Common?

This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series H-O-P=E


The clue is in the picture. See the peanuts?

Do you now know what bluejays and squirrels have in common?

If you guessed that they both love peanuts, you are right! And…they are both stashers, that’s right, stashers.

It is fall in Ontario and one of the noisiest birds left in our yard is the blue jay. They are just as noisy as crows. By the way, did you know that they are in the same family? Crows are the ugly cousins I guess, blue jays the finer dressed but equally as noisy.

The most movement in our back yard comes from the falling leaves, the squirrels and the blue jays. I just don’t remember noticing how busy blue jays were at this time of year before. Have I missed this all of these years?

I found an oak tree growing in my garden. When I pulled it out there was an acorn attached to it.

Could that acorn have been stashed by a blue jay?

Can we thank the beautiful blue jay for propagating the mighty oak tree?


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Serendipitous, or Coincidence or… GOD?

This entry is part 7 of 8 in the series H-O-P=E

roseonsidewalkIf you read this blog regularly, you know I am a walker. Almost every day that I can, I will walk anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. I consider it the most important part of my depression management strategy as well as the most enjoyable part.

We live out in the country and so I don’t see many people on my walks but I do see the occasional wildlife. When I started seeing bears, I switched my walks to the town closest to us. That turned out to be the best thing ever.

Now I see people every day on my walks which is good for me since I tend to isolate myself due to depression . The conversations are usually short which is sometimes all I can manage. But the meetings are pleasant nonetheless and I am so glad that I switched to town walking instead of my lonely country road.

I guess then that I am glad that a few years ago I spotted bears, which, even though that was scary, it led me to my pleasant town walks.

So was the bear spotting serendipitous, or coincidence or was it God?

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Hope for the Hopeless

This entry is part 6 of 8 in the series H-O-P=E


Depression is an illness of the hopeless.

My question for all of us:

Is hopelessness a reality or a perception?

I would say that hopelessness is a perception.

And if it is in fact, hopelessness is perception, not reality, then couldn't we attempt to change our perception?

Sometimes for me, new hope for my own depression comes with the idea that maybe there is still something new that I can learn that can help me. And so I continue to research… and research…and research.

Here are  FIVE sources of hope I found recently:

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Rick Warren Interview with Piers Morgan

This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series H-O-P=E


Everyone wanted to interview Rick Warren when he came out with his book 'The Purpose Driven Life' with the subtitle 'what on earth am I here for?'  Even Oprah.

If you would like to know more about one of the most influential pastors in the United States today, check out his church website, or go to his own website called 'Daily Hope'.

How does a pastor, the author of the best-seller 'The Purpose Driven Life" deal with a son's suicide?

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HOPE is your only HOPE!

This entry is part 4 of 8 in the series H-O-P=E


 “Once you choose hope, anything’s possible” Christopher Reeves

We cannot live without HOPE, and with the mentally ill, like us, hope is the sustaining diet. Hope will keep you from starving…to death….

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Little Litter Lady

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series H-O-P=E

bag ladyThere is a very little old lady in our small town who walks every morning with a bag in her hand picking up litter.

One little lady, a few pieces of litter, what difference does it make?

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Just Dial “H-O-P-E”?

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series H-O-P=E


Oh that it could be so easy!

Just dial ‘H-O-P-E’

The smart phone people are trying to make it that easy. Really!

I received this email from Healthline recently all about mental health apps for your phone.

You just might want to check this out. Some of it is a little ‘fluffy’ but some of it has real value. And most of the 17 apps described are FREE!

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Maybe What You Need is a ‘Hope Project’?

hope cloud

My favorite quote about hope is:

"Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn't permanent."

(Jean Kerr)


I have talked a lot about hope in the past.


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Gaining New Perspective: Part Two

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Gaining New Perspective

sisters2We are chatting about gaining new perspective for your depression journey. Why do you need new perspective? To give you hope that you won’t always feel depressed, to give you hope that maybe a new idea will shed new light on an old problem.

Last time I shared a photo of a magnificent view and I related that amazing sight to the idea of gaining new perspective. The truth is however, that looking at a scene like that will actually do nothing for my depression if I am in the midst of it. Actually, it can make me feel worse. I will look at that spectacular view and say to myself “what kind of a loser am I that I can continue to feel this lousy while looking at this awesome scene?”

So why did I share that photo? To get your attention, inspire you, encourage you to think of things higher than yourself, that’s why.

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