I wrote this over five years ago. I like what I wrote and decided to re-post it. It reminds me that I’ve learned to deal with depression’s tentacles that seek to wrap me up again. I have been depression-free for many years. God gave me the courage to try and then equipped me for the battle. And then I did my part by working hard.
I’m sorry I’m behind with my posts but my mom fell on the sidewalk in front of our house last week. She hit her head hard. There is still a stain left to remind me. Since then we’ve learned that her minor heart problem may not be so minor after all. We are waiting for the cardiologist to give us his opinion.
This all happened while we were chipping up tile, removing carpet, taking off trim, etc., in other words, in the middle of a big decorating project.
It was exactly three weeks prior that I was in the hospital because of an emergency with my husband. Oh, did I mention that my birthday and our anniversary were sandwiched between those events?
Life can change in a heartbeat but God remains faithful
Why do we even say, “Life can change in a heartbeat”? What does a heartbeat have to do with it? Why not just say, life changes in a moment?
I thought about that for a while and came up with this. Because the heart is generally considered the seat of our emotions, I imagine it like this. The nano-second between our heartbeats is just long enough to allow the pain of the moment to pierce that space. In that tiny chasm between beats, our life changes, and the experience is encapsulated forever. Therefore, that’s why we say:
Life changes in a heartbeat.
How I manage
Because I’m depression-prone, I fight hard to support my mental health. I walk for at least forty minutes every day. I eat right. (Well, mostly.) I get enough sleep. This might seem self-centered but I know how situations can escalate. I might need to make quick decisions, hard decisions. There may be days I can’t exercise or sleep through the night. So far now I’m taking good care of myself.
If your life is upside down now as well, hang in there. Take care of yourself. Don’t let depression make whatever you’re facing even harder. If you’re free from depression, don’t let it get a foot in the door.
God bless and I hope you have a good day.
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