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updates #45->How Reclaiming Your Purpose Can Beat Depression
May 05, 2008


From: Merri Ellen

For You! Ongoing depression cure research and some inspirational tidbits to help you along to recovery and joy!

This week...

"Reclaim Your Purpose And Bid Those Blues Farewell!"

Quite often depression sets in when what you were living for is gone. For example, suicide and depression rates are high in Olympic athletes after the Olympics are done and forgotten. The rates are also high in retired NFL football players who no longer have a goal before them and no cheering fans.

I have often run into people who share with me that because a relationship ended, they feel like they have nothing to live for. Not too recently I listened to a young man who came home after six months in the Navy to find his girl friend pregnant with their child had moved on to another guy. He, a soldier, now sat weeping.

For six months he had thought of her and their unborn child and this motivated him to carry on. Now, both were out of his life and he blamed himself for being away at the Navy. He was now filled with regret, anger and thoughts of suicide.

Dr. Gregory Jantz shared a story about Melissa who suffered from depression after her kids left home. Her purpose was being a mother and when that was gone, she slipped into depression.

What he advised was for her to sit down with paper and pen and write out her purpose. He asked her, "What do you want people to remember you for?" She found new purpose in reaching out and helping others in her new circles in her neighbourhood and to celebrate her kids now grown up into adulthood.

(She also found great joy in going for walks first thing in the morning for a half hour listening to happy music!)

Sit down now and ask YOURSELF, "What do I want people to remember about me when I'm gone?" Take a look at your list and then take baby steps to start in that direction! Right down your practical steps.

My purpose in this website is to help others find joy and peace bringing healing to my community and my world. This purpose fuels my passion and joy and gives me great pleasure when I get emails from people around the world sharing how lives have been changed!

Don't know where to start? Think about someone you know who you admire? Why? What do they do? For example, if it's to be remembered as one who is caring, reach out to others. If it's to be someone who is knowledgeable on a subject, start learning about it! If it's someone who's in shape, start moving your body and eating good stuff!

One great exercise is to start reading biographies of those who overcame tragedy or an obstacle. This for me is always a huge motivator! (I could relate and perhaps you could too.)

There is hope! You are worth it!

Merri Ellen

P.S. Need someone to talk to for encouragement and motivation?

P.P.S. If you haven't read it yet, here's some encouragement and motivation for you too!

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