Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Get Up From There

There comes a point in everyone's life when they feel sad and start to dwell upon what on their losses and longings. One may readily advise that such individuals need to take their woes to God and leave them there. Unfortunately, many of us keep looking back, much like Lot's wife. My advice? No matter how hard it is, pick yourself up off the floor and do something kind for someone else. I have a widowed mother, mother-in-law, and aunt all within one mile or our home and nothing brightens their day more than an unexpected visit. Today, our daughter was having a serious case of the blues so I sent her to my mother-in-law's with some homemade blackberry cobbler. So often, we are so obsessed with our own belly buttons that we have no idea how much other people suffer or are just plain lonely. So, get up from the computer and invest in the life of someone who needs you, starting first with family or neighbors. Start where you are and work your way out. You'll be glad you did.


Miss Jen said...

Very good thoughts....
doing things for others
always takes the focus of our
own miseries!

Many Blessings~ Jen

Andrea said...

Very good advice! Yes, it is so easy to become complacent about others and focused on self.

Thank you for reminding us that it is Christian to love others and demonstrate that love through kindness.

Very nice post!!!



alaiyo said...

My mother raised me to understand that there is no time for ongoing pity-fests; there is work to be done, so just do it. That -- and the fact that work is usually work for the benefit of others -- has saved my life many a time. It doesn't necessarily make the miserable feelings go away, especially if one is clinically depressed, but as you say, it takes the focus off those feelings and allows one to see one's connection to the rest of the human race again. This is the only way I've found to walk through a depressive episode and find hope on the other side.

[Daniel I's mom :) ]