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Hope is a Feeling, Not a Fact, but could it be?

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Depression and Hope

Hope is a feeling, not a fact, but could it be? The sun rises every day without any help from me. That is where some of my hope lies. Even if I can't see the sun, it is there. The sun is my concrete hope.

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This is the one definition of hope that is so appropriate for those of us who are challenged by depression:

"Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent." Mignon McLaughlin

There you have it. This depression is NOT permanent. It sure feels like it sometimes, but it is not!

That is our biggest hope of all. Depression is not permanent!

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Hope Changes Everything: Hold Onto Hope

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Depression and Hope

Hope changes everything. Do you believe that is possible even when you know that hope can't be measured or touched?

hope changes everything"Of all ills that one endures, hope is a cheap and universal cure." (Abraham Cowley)

One of the things that changes my thinking from 'hopeless' to 'hopeful' is a chat with a trusted friend. That is usually my sister or my husband. If I can just get out the hopeless words, purge myself from the negativity, I can sometimes come away from a conversation like that with a little hope. A chat with a trusted friend is one of my favourite depression getaways.

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Depression is Real but Hope is Real Too

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Depression and Hope

HOPE IS REAL. "There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something better tomorrow." (Orison Marden)

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When all seems hopeless and I need to remember that hope is real, here is one of my little tricks. I talk to myself. For instance, on a bad day, and there have been many of those, I just say to myself "okay, so this is not a good day. I have had days like this before and I have survived. I will survive again. It is only a day. It is not my entire life."

What is HOPE? One definition is " To wish for something with expectation of its fulfillment."

But does just 'wishing' make it so? How about praying? Could we pray for hope? Personally I would suggest that praying may be more apt to get you further than wishing but that is not the point.

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Depression and Hope: Part One

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Depression and Hope

Hope for depression, really? But isn't this the illness of hopelessness? Not anymore.

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Do you live here? I found this on the internet. It must be interesting to live in a place called 'Hope'. Better than living somewhere called 'Hopeless' right?

This next series is called 'Depression and Hope'. There is hope for depression. If you are not doing well right now you might be thinking that I really don't know how depressed people think, but I do.

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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

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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?

SMALL THINGS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE!

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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

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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

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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

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 “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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