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Temporarily stranded but never stuck. (1) Sunday April 13, 2014

Shaking up thoughts, like raffle tickets in a top hat and choosing a positive over a negative is something that has been written about in many different ways on this blog. When it actually happens though, when you manage it, well, it's a glorious thing indeed. It's like sunshine stretching out from behind a grey cloud. This happened to me on Saturday morning.

The weather was fine, I anticipated a lovely day ahead with my friend at a one day poetry class (theme: 10 poems to save your life) and the setting was in the delightful Calderstones Park, Liverpool.

My friend's husband was ferrying us there and having not seen them for a while, I gave a brief account of where I'm up to in life. (It is brief too, for it can be summed up in one word: Stuck!)

My friend's husband, ever wise, quick as a flash said, "You're going to study poetry for the day Su. How can you be stuck?" This was an epiphany moment for me. It's like grappling in the dark for something and then someone flicks on a light. My day started afresh from that moment on and what a beauteous day it was too.

It's been said that in every situation there are at least 30 ways to change your point of view. Granted, I'm not sure it's possible when in the thick of a depression. If it was that easy, the whole "Snap out of it!" theory wouldn't be so abhorrent to us. However, on the days when it is possible to flick to a more positive pathway, oh, then by all means, shall we try?

(The next post from me will express why exactly the words from my friend pulled me up short)

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Lex McKee Sun, Apr 13th 2014 @ 8:06am

It's wonderful how your words, Suzy, can trigger off a life-changing "Aha!" moment. One of my (many) passions is panoramic photography. One piece of kit for this is a tripod top that goes around 360 degrees. When you said, "flick to a more positive pathway" and "there are at least 30 ways to change your point of view" - I saw, in my mind's eye, my tripod top and 'heard' the click. That will help me next time I need to flick - thank you.

Anonymous Sun, Apr 13th 2014 @ 9:29am

I am stuck.

I am lonely althought I have wonderful friends. I cannot seem to move on. I drink too much - there is a song by Elkie Brooks - 'some drink to remember some drink to forget I drink too much than I ought to drink because it brings me back to you'

I live in a lovely home in a fantastic location yet most of the time I am unhappy and have become increasingly reclusive.

I am trying to haul myself out of this but it is not easy even with the support of friends.

Anonymous Sun, Apr 13th 2014 @ 10:05am

Dear anon 9.29am,
Maybe it's time to seek help from a professional now.
Good luck.
You can do it.
Best wishes J.

Kevin Elliott Sun, Apr 13th 2014 @ 10:13am

Awesome story and insight Su, thanks for sharing.

Suzy Sun, Apr 13th 2014 @ 10:59am

Love the analogy of the tripod Lex!

Anonymous Sun, Apr 13th 2014 @ 11:18am

Hey Anon of 9.29. So sorry to hear things are so bleak at the moment. What I find heartening about your expressions is that you accept and admit that there is a problem just now. Make folk vehemently deny they have depression or a drink problem but you don't. Do you know many experts in the world of psychology say that that is the biggest hurdle crossed?
Don't suffer in silence, seek help and know that even the blackest and bleakest depressions can and will pass.
I noticed too that you twice make reference to having great friends. That is fantastic and will surely be a aid as you begin your road to recovery.
You may also find the book Sunbathing in the Rain a helpful resource.
I know I'm not alone in wishing you well! Remember that there is nothing we face or feel that some humann, at some point, hasn't experienced. Hearty greetings to you, Suzy

Anonymous Sun, Apr 13th 2014 @ 11:20am

MANY folk not make folk

Mart Sun, Apr 13th 2014 @ 9:41pm

Insightful musings Suzy. Glad you enjoyed your poetry class. Look forward to the next instalment.

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