Cutting to the chase, here is the second half of excerpts from blog posts that have helped my recovery from depression (again, they are in no particular order:
1. “What to do when being a perfectionist drags you down?” at Talent Develop
So let go of the feeling that you must reach an unrealistic level of perfection, and get in touch with the reality that you can be great even if you’re not perfect.
2. “Why you should take more time for yourself” at Pick the Brain
Sometimes, we put other people first because we’re secretly convinced that they’re more important, or more needy, than us. We downplay our own needs in order to help them.
3. “You can have a bigger impact than you think” at Live Your Legend
But it starts with the belief that you, your idea, can have an impact. That belief is what will get you to start. It’s what will allow you to attract your first follower. It’s what will give you the courage to pour your soul into something that matters.
4. “The 8th and 9th step for both AA and beepers” at If you are going through hell keep going
Like I said, the isolation adds to the depression. It feeds it. And like ice cream, you keep feeding it until you cannot stop. The depression then eventually transmogrifies into despair, then suicidal thoughts come in. If you aren’t careful, you can give into their Siren voices.
5. “The Day I Fired God” at Knowledge is Necessity
I looked up at the ceiling instead. “God, you’re fired!” I said in a voice that would have caused all the plants in the house to shrivel and die had I been a god, myself. The plants paid no attention. Minutes later, I found my wallet, or rather God surreptitiously returned it to where I had left it in the first place. At least, where I think I may have left it. How the hell would I know where I left it, me with my factory-reject brain with no tech support.
6. “Masks of Depression” at Storied Mind
What I came to understand later on was that it took a vast amount of energy and willpower to keep the natural feelings and reactions bottled and capped. And another burst to construct and keep in place the persona I needed to project to the world. While I was doing this, I was always thinking: Oh, this is just an act. Wait till they see what I’m really like. Of course, I didn’t really know the extent of all I was keeping hidden. That included a lot of pain, hurt, grief, anger that I was not even aware of.
7. “Ever feel like giving up?” at The Art of Non-Conformity
I realized recently that my greatest weakness as a leader is insecurity. Sometimes, I’ll admit to those of you who are following this adventure, I care more about what people think of me than I care about making the right decision. I know that’s not good, and I’m working on it.
8. “Ideas Spread like Viruses and If You Don’t Act Immediately, Someone Else Will” at Elevation Life
Now, I’m not saying I deserve credit for Arthur Christmas. I don’t! Peter Baynham and Sarah Smith have probably written a cute family tale and they deserve full credit for it. They had an idea and acted on it. And they’re richer because of it.
9. “The night I gave up on life” at Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life
Nothing and I mean nothing is so bad that you have to take your own life. There are always options and if the worst comes to worst, drop everything and start again. If you are in this situation now, please believe me when I say it will get btter and there are people who can help.
10. “How I went from Twitter Hell to Twitter Heaven” at Practical Adventure-ology
For a split second, I felt a twinge of angst and I wondered “who would ever want to follow me?” I shook it off and continued on.
11. “How to start a revolution” at Illuminated Mind
it’s only this kind of walking the path that brings clarity. Don’t wait for clarity or your “one true purpose” before you start. Please, please, don’t do that. It will never happen. Epiphanies are found in the dirty, messy circuitous routes of practice.
I used to laugh at self-help books and personal development section of bookshops. Why would anyone need to learn how to be self-confident or be happy?
I eat my own words. More comforting were these personal growth websites than my Financial Times or The Economist in my time of trial.
The list is not exhaustive – there are many more out there in cyberspace, and I’ll compile some others when I draw inspiration again.
My gratitude to all those out there who have unknowingly kept me alive.
Who inspired you recently? Please share in the comments.