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WHETHER YOU THINK YOU CAN OR YOU CAN’T, EITHER WAY YOU’RE RIGHT!!

December 28, 2010 2 comments

Very powerful statement. One of the many lessons learned from my father. As someone who overcome many obstacles and barriers to get where he is today, my father is a vivid example of the power of your thoughts.

Our mind is the most powerful gift we’ve been given. In addition to its power, our mind can be a very tricky tool with various features at our disposal. However, when facing difficult and painful situations in our life, learning how to use them all can be pretty challenging. As a depression survivor myself, I’ve experience a very dark side of our mind as a consequence of very negative thoughts.

After hitting rock bottom during my darkest hours, I realized that by being depressed I was actually causing a lot of pain to the people I love the most. All of the sudden I started to rationalize my situation and concluded that being depressed is basically a whole a lot of thinking of ME, then ME and ME again. Surprisingly enough, I switched from feeling extremely victimized by my circumstances, to feeling extremely selfish.  

I made a decision, I didn’t want to live my life like that anymore, and most importantly, I wouldn’t want to be the cause of unhappiness for anyone else. I started thinking about people who have gone through even toughest life’s situations than mine and how they were able to survive and move on with their lives. I convinced myself, if they could do it, I CAN TOO!!! And I was RIGHT, I was absolutely RIGHT.

Whether you want to get out of a depression, have a better career or a better relationship, if you think YOU CAN do it, YOU WILL. If you think you CAN’T, you are absolutely RIGHT, you’ll never will. It sounds very simple but yet is very difficult to actually practice it. If you think about it, using simple logic, you’ll realize that the only thing you must do to make that change in your life is make a decision, and you and only you have the power to make the correct one.

Very few problems in our life are cause by circumstances out of our control. Most of them are cause by our thoughts, our perspectives and sometimes unrealistic expectations of people and situations.

Let’s make the RIGHT decision, let’s choose to be HAPPY, let’s choose I CAN!!!

God Blessed,

-Lizbeth

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CAST AWAY DEPRESSION…

November 4, 2010 1 comment

The other day I was watching the movie “CAST AWAY” and when I saw it for the first time almost 10 years ago, I don’t recall catching the Life Changing message it had at the very end. It brought tears to my eyes, I got to say, I’m a very emotional creature, and I cried because it was a beautiful message, the secret of Happiness presented in that very movie. I believe we all have seen the movie and if you haven’t, you just have to see it. When Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks character) gets back to Memphis after surviving four years all alone in an island he revealed an inner transformation he went through while he was in there alone with his thoughts. Here is how he describes it went:

“I couldn’t even kill myself the way I wanted to. I had power over NOTHING. And that’s when this feeling came over me like a warm blanket. I knew, somehow, that I had to stay alive. Somehow. I had to keep breathing. Even though there was no reason to hope. And all my logic said that I would never see this place again. So that’s what I did. I stayed alive. I kept breathing. And one day my logic was proven all wrong because the tide came in, and gave me a sail. And now, here I am. I’m back. In Memphis, talking to you. I have ice in my glass… And I’ve lost her all over again. I’m so sad that I don’t have Kelly. But I’m so grateful that she was with me on that island. And I know what I have to do NOW. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?”

I believe one of the main causes of depression is this built up notion that we are to control everything that happens in our lives. Once we realize and accept that we have control over NOTHING and that everything that happens in our life is in sync with the universal order, that’s when that warm blanket he mentions will come to us. Good or bad, all our experiences serve a greater purpose; it is not just about us. Therefore, when we are going through an emotional crisis we have to remember that we got to keep breathing, because tomorrow the sun will rise again, and who knows what the tide could bring…

Once you acknowledge and welcome this LACK OF CONTROL, then life becomes an amazingly interesting journey, full of surprises, ups and downs and we shouldn’t question the nature of that journey, we shall simply enjoy the ride 😉

-Lizbeth

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