Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Not too long ago I got to give a little talk during our ward's monthly Relief Society meeting on the topic of 'Overcoming the Winter Blues.' Guess I needed to hear it most, cause sure as sure I'm not the expert on the topic!

Toward the end of the talk, someone asked a question: Really, HOW do you force yourself to do things like go out for a walk when you simply don't feel like doing anything at all? HOW do you honestly shake a sense of depression? Well, the answer I gave and some others kinda chimed in on as well, was about as lame as it gets: You Just DO. You find it inside somewhere, somehow and you just DO.

I've thought a lot about my lack of answer since then. And if I could go back to that moment again, I think I'd say something to the extent of this:

When you don't feel like doing anything, what is it that motivates you to move from that point eventually? When I've had two hours of sleep for three nights in a row and I want to do about anything but build another block tower or accomplish the housework, sometimes, yes, the yuckiness prevails and we watch Netflix non-stop. But more often, the fact that I care more about my husband not coming home to a war zone and a smelly wife; about my boys being fulfilled and taught to the degree they deserve; about life getting at least a bit closer to the ideals I once had, than I do about how tired I am, gets me to accomplish more and shake the negative. I can overcome when I'm not focused on ME.

And the more I think about it, I really think, indeed, it could be said, Selflessness Solves Everything; the Solution if Selflessness, across the board in life. Of course I could go on and on, but the point is really to think about it for yourself I guess... The next time you contend with depression or with conflict or dis-ease, test it out: what is it that you care more about than yourself, that will motivate you to move?

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