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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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Nothing to look forward to


Question: I worry a lot. I have depression & anxiety. I'm alone. I have no one, no children, just me & my cat. Have health problems that confine me, I'm not happy at all. I'm miserable. I feel like I exist, not living. I have nothing to look forward to.

My answer:

1. You don't mention a spiritual practice. That is very helpful to most people.

2. You are likely to be happier if you help others to be happier - even if it is just something you do for others over the telephone or internet.

3. Focus on the good things that you do have - however small they may seem.

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell


Further reading: Quotes about Purpose

The Secret of Happiness

Ten Little Tips to Feel Happier Right Now

Zero-Based Gratitude

May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've been so depressed lately my boyfriend and I recently broke up. We we're together for 11yrs. I don't know what to do I've tried my best to keep busy. But it's not working. Him on the other hand seems to be fine through the situation. I can't forgive myself nor let go what do I do please help me.

Jonathan L. Huie said...

Re-read the three points above and look for ways to apply them to your own live - Spirit, Service, Gratitude.

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy
is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet,
alone with the heavens, nature and God.
Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.
- Anne Frank

Anonymous said...

thank you for giving me the proper way to be myself re how to accept life as it is. i feel that god has his way to reach out to people who thought that life isn't fair.

Anonymous said...

The best way to heal the break up pain is to get engaged in helping others. You'll refocus on something else, will not be recycling your thoughts about the break up and will feel needed, useful and of service. Also, get some serious exercise, sweat off your pent up feelings, eat well, take some vit. B for mental support, lean onto good friends, ask for support at this time. But mainly, try to find something where you could be or service, you'll stop thinking about your pain and will transform it into something quite amazing. :)
Best of luck!

June Moore said...

As you get older - into real old age - you feel immense sadness at the loss of loved ones. This does not go away in my case, but I find enormous consolation in the beauty of nature - how things die but then, in springtime, there is new life - and music, especially Chopin's piano compositions. There is something spiritual about both which can lift one's spirits.

Anonymous said...

Be encouraged everyone. The holidays have been very very difficult for the past 2 years. I'm a little sad today and want to stay in bed, which I do from time to time.
What has worked so far:
* volunteer for the homeless
* Visit the library and select positive books, movies and tapes.
* This Lockwood Huie website has been a great encouragement.
* Prayer/Jesus/Ministry DVD and audio.
* Weekly church attendance
* Finding new hobbies.
Like I said, I'm a little sad this Christmas eve, but I press on. I get up, get dressed, get fresh air.
I love you very much. Here is a great big hug from me to you. God Bless You.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the many words of wisdom i learned from your daily inspirational quotes. i feel not so well re my love life. trying to cope but still the pain doesn't go away. it was so late learning that to love and be loved is the most livable way. but strange as it seems, i can't get it off my mind. it is the source of happiness that i never knew of before.
it has become a part of me to love a person i cannot have. he is my life, my world and without him i feel not living anymore.
i hope and pray hard that i be strengthened to bear this hurtful feeling. i will love him despite the odds, in my heart and soul. i knew he loves me too, but as a christian he wants to make good his committment as a husband. he is a very honorable and kind gentleman. i will never forget him.
only time will tell how much we really care for each other. all i want is to love him, and to make it easier for me, i will love him unconditionally.
thanks again. i hope god listen to what i ask from him. he is the one who makes plans. plans that will surely make the best in me.

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