The day will come when all of us will reflect on our lives. As is the case, most reflections are performed brutally honest. The following are important issues to consider:
Did we engage in the practice of lifting up others, or did we tear them down?
Will our nickname be called Peacemaker, or Instigator–always searching for problems to ignite?
Will we have the ability to describe ourselves long-tempered/even-tempered, or as individuals who should have entered anger management therapy long ago?
Are we positive role models worth emulating, or something else entirely?
In conflicts, and where appropriate, did we offer kindness (i.e., humor/ignoring/remaining silent) to defuse unpleasant situations, or were we always at the ready to argue, swing a punch?
Did we harbor intelligence, or a limited mind based upon disparaging comments spewed at others (and about others) on a regular basis?
Were we inclusive because we like people, or engage in anti-semitism, bigotry, prejudice, racism, homophobia predicated on self-hatred?
Did our attitudes and behaviors bring good people around us, or did good people run/scatter/perform u-turns to escape from us because of our foul attitudes and behaviors?
Did envy and a jealous nature live beneath us, or will these attributes have front-row chairs in our hearts and minds?
Shall we have understood that life pertained to long-term self-improvement, or utter such nonsense that we are examples of perfection itself?
Will we say that love, compassion for others have been the hallmark of our lives, or that we lived a life of selfishness? Can we say we were spending our lives making numerous attempts to become people our Heavenly Father can be proud of?
May everyone have peace, happiness, love, an abundance of life, and positive reflection on that special day.
There are several medical illnesses which are unnoticeable to the casual observer, and depression is one of them.* Depression is a sense of sadness which lasts for a lengthy period of time. The difficulty can occur from medications, aging, stress, genetics, learned behavior, life events, biochemical environment (organic), and a host of other reasons. Sometimes there are unknown causations. Depression is painful because the individual can experience body aches, a loss of sleep and appetite, motivation, self-esteem, and they may no longer engage in activities which were fulfilling. Irritability and a history of angry outbursts (anger management issues) are also symptoms of depression. One of the results from depression is a lower immune system, providing a window for physical ailments. The brain can become damaged from long-term depression, in which case psychotropic medication is required. With all of these particulars to consider, how should we respond when a loved one informs us they’re feeling depressed?
People who experience cancer, broken limbs, lupus, arthritis, sclerosis of the liver, bronchitis, etc. would be taken seriously because these are physically-oriented conditions. In the same manner, depression should be taken seriously, even though we’re incapable of seeing the illness.** We must always demonstrate compassion by listening, suggesting therapy, and possibly accompanying them to therapy sessions to show support. Compassion might be the most important step for loved ones returning towards a positive mental health.
*There are individuals who experience depression and may not realize it. They may have indicated they felt emotionally out of sorts, unwell, just a little blue, and believe, mistakenly, their emotional state is an acceptable way of living.
**All conditions which require visits to a medical practitioner should be taken seriously.