Life is so hard. How can we be anything but kind?” – Jack Kornfield
I made a big, very public, embarrassing work mistake recently, and I felt like hiding out. Instead, this mistake became an opportunity to open up and share what had really been going on with my friend, and to talk openly about my struggles with chronic depression. (You can read more about my challenges with depression here, and how I was able to soften some of the guilt and self blame I felt around my struggles.)
Every life brings some rain, and this can include struggles with mental illness, like depression or anxiety. How do we even begin to befriend these challenges? How do we find peace when we’re hurting?
And what if this means coming to terms with what we can’t change – even something as frustrating and dark as depression? What if it means accepting our very humanity, our very vulnerability, our very struggles?
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr
If you’ve felt shame for struggling with depression, or you’ve felt like your humanity is something to eradicate, you may enjoy this podcast about questioning all the shoulds in our lives that we think “should” be different – and therefore, what we should be able to control or fix. And what if releasing this need for control, and releasing these shoulds, places us into the hands of the very healing process itself?