Depression has become so common in our society that, most of the time, we don't even notice it. You can only see the phenomenon through the darkness its exudes. Motivation becomes paralysis. Vision breaks apart in doubts. Energy can no longer be replenished and attention gets distracted.
Never give up before the game is over
If you look around, you will find plenty of examples:
Co-workers who lately have been looking sort of sad, call up the
office, name some vague problem at home, and disappear for week.
Students who have been at the top of their class, start to fail one exam
after the other. Thoughtful friends, the kind who used to have strong
opinions, suddenly turn silent.
What is the cause of this
wide-spread ailment? Where is this malignant wave coming from? The
automatic response in those cases is to blame the world. When you talk
to men and women who suffer from the blues, you will often find them
willing to enumerate all the negative conditions affecting their life.
complaints will usually have a sound basis in reality. Some people will
tell you stories of abuse and unfairness, injustices of all sorts,
inefficiency and dishonesty. Others will speak about their sickness, the
ingratitude of their family, treason by friends, loneliness or divorce.
The most important factor in the equation
those explanations remain insufficient to justify the overweening
levels of depression in our society. The most important element in the
equation is never mentioned. Why is nobody pointing out that, for every
dispirited person, you can find a reasonably contented one who is
enduring similar difficulties?
Misfortune and catastrophe are not
to be trivialized. Bad luck and sickness can wipe out your savings,
your business, your family, and put to test your will to keep on living.
Serious problems and painful periods do occur in most people's lives.
My point is not that one should become foolishly cheerful in the face of
Pharmaceuticals aimed at alleviating distress can
help to a certain extent, although they are frequently loaded with
secondary effects. My message is that, in the worst possible moments, a
man owes to himself, to his happiness, to reflect and act with proper
perspective. What one should keep in mind is that, on many occasions,
depression is a synonym for short-sightedness.
The only antidote that works
is the only antidote that has repeatedly proven its effectiveness
against discouragement and depression. Seeing obstacles and
disadvantages in the frame of a lifetime helps to reduce them to a
Drop the false comfort of self-pity. Never allow
yourself to limit your own potential. Never give up before the game is over. Remind yourself everyday that life offers many
opportunities. Define your long-term target, sharpen your arrows, and
leave the blues behind. You have better things to do.
For more information about rational living and personal development, I refer you to my book The 10 Principles of Rational Living
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