It was inspiring, encouraging, informing, affirming and the food was great!
So let me tell you what gives me hope. The very things that I just mentioned: inspiration, encouragement, information and feeling connected. Those things give me hope. They give me new ideas to keep going.
I could not begin to tell you all that I learned this weekend. It will come out in time as I digest it and prepare to write about some of it. But I can tell you that while I was there I felt a renewed sense of hope. Just taking the step to go made me feel better...for awhile.
For me however, a big day out like that, travelling, spending a whole day in a room full of people, listening to new ideas all day long... all of that is exhausting. It is a big risk for me to sign up for something like this. For starters I have to hope I will feel well enough to go and thankfully I did.
But then the next day comes and I will always feel like I have been run over by a truck. It will take me at least one day and maybe more to recover from the outing. Was it worth it? Yes, because it gave me some new hope.
Hope is absolutely essential if you want to survive this illness of depression. You cannot stay hopeless ALL the time. You have to have breaks from it, hopeful breaks!
Next time I will share with you some more little things that give me hope? How about you? Do you have any 'hope ideas' you would like to share?
Don't forget your dose of laughter medicine.
May Dipsy Doodling Around Depression be better than a therapy session!
Don't give up, I'm praying for you!