Dante once wrote,
“There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.”
Nailed that one right on the head! I can say from experience that recalling times of happiness will only make you more miserable if you can’t get back to those happy times. Your mind will take over and quickly everything makes you view what you see in a more sorrowful light. It’s probably the main reason that misery loves company. Nonetheless, it’s Wayne Dyer that reminds us to…
“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”
…and C.S. Lewis said,
“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.”
I’ve tried to open my eyes at times when depression is closing in on me and remind myself that the only way to change the situation is to take control of it. Sounds so easy doesn’t it? Just take the bull by the horns, right? Piece of cake! If only that were true. For those of us who can easily be consumed by our thoughts and/or fears at times, changing situations by taking control can be the most gut wrenching thing we consider doing.
Taking Mr. Dyers words to heart might be a bit easier to stomach. When we wake up in the morning we each have a choice to make. Start the day on the right foot and don’t let that choice fade away as we go through each moment, or start it off on the wrong one and let the cycle of misery continue until we have the strength to make a change. Whether it be work, friends, loved ones or life challenges in general that are causing our strife, we have a choice. The solutions lie in whether or not we are strong enough to make the right choice.