Tonight I was trapped at work because of violent storms accompanied by a tornado watch. With the winds whipping, lightening like the noon day sun and thunder cracking, I sat quietly at my desk wishing I had left on time. Just when I had decided that I might just do a little walking in the rain, we were all advised to remain inside until it blew past us.
The seventeen year old daughter who swears that I am over protective, called me no less than ten times to ask, “Are you still doing okay?” Her sweet voice was so excited about the booming thunder and lightening. She sounded like a little girl again. It truly wasn’t that long ago that she was just a child, but to her it feels much different.
As the storm raged outside and everything basically stopped, I thought about grief, pain, depression, trials and hardships. When they happen, we all want the world to stop.
Even our immediate surroundings don’t stop.
The air conditioner fan comes on and goes off.
People knock at the door.
The turtle tank makes the dribbling noise.
No matter how many covers we have on top our head or how dark the room may be, life just keeps on going.
So what do we do when we don’t want to exist one minute longer?
- Understand your depression and the feeling of nothing. It’s powerful and will stunt your progress towards happiness.
- Only do the tasks that are absolutely necessary in order to reduce your stress.
- Make the lifestyle changes such as getting plenty of rest, exercise (I don’t like that one!), and eat healthy foods.
- Be open to suggestions.
- Seek professional advice.
- Try to at least chuckle every day.
- Read one of my all time favorite visually appealing posts finished perfectly with a song at the end. I listened to the song no less than fifteen times while writing this post, but I’m a little obsessive anyway.
Last, but definitely not the least,
- Cultivate your hope that there will be happier times.
Stepping out of the car when I got home, I looked at the sky in amazement. Less than two hours previously, it looked as if the world was ending and now…
Well, it just proves that we should always remember, “This too shall pass.”
This was one of the most beautiful skies I have ever seen.
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