When persistence to change is all you know for a long period of time it is easy to forget how to stop. When I got to a point in my life where I began to feel comfortable with who I was I began to feel as though I had nothing else to do. A brief panic set in while the only framework for meaning in my life was becoming more and more unneeded. But what was then a moment of panic became a realization of a blessing.
When problems in life (aggressive or manipulative peers, issues with family, change and moral dilemmas) arose I found I was able to handle these things rather gracefully on my own. Suddenly a hunger for opportunity arose. My mind had shifted with confidence from the depression that had become tamed and I found a new and vigorous energy waiting to accomplish something. I started thinking about my future, my career, and my love life. These things were no more unfortunate obligations in my mind but simply chances to fill my life with a happiness and fulfillment that I deserved. I trusted the person I became to do these things.
But this is not to say that one stops learning. In fact, it seems that the most important thing I have learned is balance—learning to handle the complex and sometimes conflicting dynamics of right and wrong, when to open up to another’s perspective or when to stand your ground, and how to do all you can—knowing it’s all you can do—to make this world a better place.
Applying the Skills To My Life
I try every day to use the things I have and continue to learn and every day their value shows. All things can be tried but sometimes it is only time that can tell you if it works or not. It is worth trying anything, and it is worth the time it takes to know if it contributes to a life of peace, of happiness, and of fulfillment. In the moment, you can only endure and hold on for life to the faith in your efforts of turning yourself in a better direction.
I am still a young man and I have a lot of life to experience, but I have learned how to make every experience as worthwhile as I can. I practice gratitude for the life I have been given which is mysterious as it is temporary and not to be taken for granted. Understanding and loving others is a daily priority which brings a peaceful mind to the hardest of days. In others and in myself, I look for character—the authentic loyalty and compassion for others beyond themselves. Today, my career fulfills me and holds for me amazing opportunity; I have a supportive, loving and committed partner who reminds me daily of the value in patience and selflessness; the bond I have formed with my family is unbreakable in each moment we show that we will always be there for each other.
Today, no matter how hard it gets, I know what is important in life, and for me it is no longer worth pursuing anything but faith in humanity, our well-being, and our future.
For further reading visit the links below:
To View Overcoming Depression: Part 1 click here
To View Overcoming Depression: Part 2 click here
To View Overcoming Depression: Part 3 click here
Written by: Arthur Westbrook
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