You Did A Good Job!

In Forsaken, Book Two of the Sanctorian Series, Lyla undergoes a period of depression.  Depression is a very real and very scary thing.  If you have ever gone through it, you will know what I am talking about.

Lyla has lost the love of her life.  She learns Thane’s true identity and that he has lied to her.  Her best friend died.  There is no one left she can count on.  She is alone.  Isolated and in the hands of her enemy.

Depression is real.  I went through a period of depression about a year ago.  I didn’t know I was depressed at the time.  I didn’t believe it when my boss, family, and friends told me they were worried about me.  I didn’t think there was anything to worry.  But I was wrong.  I was depressed.  I cried all the time, didn’t socialize at all with family (even my kids), and I turned to alcohol as a release.

Now don’t get me wrong.  I love my family and kids.  But I was depressed.  I felt alone even though I was surrounded by people who cared.  The weight of my struggles was too much to bear.  It took six months before I could pull myself out of it.  I didn’t seek help (I am a proud person).  I didn’t take meds.  I changed my outlook, day by day.

I started recanting a poem I had written, daily.  This helped me a lot.  Step by step, I improved.  I clawed my way out of the pit of depression.  If I can do it, so can you.  Here is the poem that helped me come back to the person I wanted to be.

You Did A Good Job

A Poem to Fight Depression

 

You did a good job!

-You got out of bed this morning when you could have kept sleeping.

You did a good job!

            -You went to work today when you didn’t feel like going.

You did a good job!

            -You smiled when you didn’t feel like smiling.

You did a good job!

            -You ate when you didn’t feel like eating.

You did a good job!

            -You didn’t complain when you felt like complaining.

You did a good job!

            -You didn’t nay-say yourself or put yourself down.

You did a good job!

            -You made it through the day without crying.

You did a good job! 

            -Now get some rest so you can do a good job tomorrow.

 

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