Accepting sadness or anything other than delighted emotion may be a harder sell for parents in these helicopter days of swooping down to rescue our children from any discomfort we weren't quick enough to prevent in the first place.
You see, every single one of us has had a breakdown moment. Some of us have them once a year or once a month or even every day. It's imperative that we come to the realization that breakdowns are a catalyst for positivity.
Depression lies. It lies in all sorts of ways. Depression tells you that you are worthless and that nobody needs you. It tells you that it cannot be treated. But if you are lost in the darkness, keep calling out. Someone will respond, I promise.
Then came the Robin Williams news, and a profound sadness as I pictured him in his final moments, believing that the darkness of the world was too much to bear. He gave me hours of happiness for so many years. The least I could do to repay him is to not let his tragic death be in vain.
I'm not sure where this is all heading. I guess, if anything, I was looking for a miracle. This blog was my attempt at putting a note in a bottle and throwing it in the ocean; hoping that something miraculous would happen.
But for some people, the weeks leading up to Christmas are the most painful of the year. Depression during the holidays is an all-too-common problem that turns the season into something to "get through" rather than a celebration to savor.
This year as we gather for Thanksgiving, let's set an intention to treat ourselves and each other with care and, when faced with the question, "What am I thankful for?," let's notice the sensations and emotions that arise.
It was never on any of the aptitude and vocational tests I took in high school, but apparently I have the qualities of an advice columnist. Because I get a LOT of email asking about a LOT of things. One of those things, especially over the last few months, is depression.
The good thing about hitting a super-low is that it forces us to make changes in areas we've been ignoring. When you find yourself sinking and blinking through weighted water that threatens to suffocate you, you have two choices, homefries: Move or die.