I remember hearing that depression is anger turned inward in video during a DivorceCare group that I facilitated. I don’t think that is always true, but some of the time, yes, it is. My anger is often directed toward myself for short comings, faults, failures, etc. It can cause depression for a while. I’ve learned to recognize it for what it is, that self loathing, and remedy it with a good dose of Bible doctrine. If I’m preoccupied with the Savior, I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I can adjust my mental attitude, rebound from my sins, and keep moving.
Today as I was exiting the vets office another customer was ahead of me. As she opened the door, a homeless woman with her loaded cart was passing. The homeless woman was angry at the person opening the door in her path. In turn the person exiting became agitated at the woman’s mutterings and angry expression. As she turned to me to complain, I cut it short by gently saying, “Walk a mile in the other person’s shoes.” She saw the reasoning and turned from her anger to me to agree. I’m not patting myself on the back. I’m just remembering how Jesus treated the downtrodden and trying to practice it. If I think about it, I didn’t go the “extra mile” to try to comfort or help the homeless woman. Ah well, I did what I could, what I thought of in the moment, with a vigorous Nick pulling his leash to move.
What do you do when you’re depressed?