Today, I'm doing a lot of reflecting. I just had a long and drawn out debate with my daughter on the book of faces. She thinks that everything boils down to racism. I do not agree. But I am so glad to see her being passionate about changing the world. It's refreshing, really. We get our passionate sparks for social justice ignited. Sometimes they catch fire and spread and we truly effect change. More often though, our sparks fizzle and maybe even go out.
This leads me to the subject of the day: overthinking. I'm an overthinker. There are many links on social media connecting overthinking and depression. Some of those links lead me to places that are not good places for me to dwell. I have had a couple of battles with depression. I really could not give words even now to what that was like. I could not begin to describe it or define it or even tell you why it happened. I don't begin to speculate about what someone else's depression looks like. I wouldn't debate whether medication is a necessary thing for anyone else-that is ultimately a very personal thing best worked out by doctor and patient. Close friends and family are often helpful to gain perspective when perspective is lost-but an outsider has no business supposing.
One topic I do want to cover is this: People who think deeply are more likely to suffer from depression. Those of us who over-think and over-analyze have trouble fitting in sometimes. Things cause us pain that others don't even bother to consider. Ever heard any of the following phrases: "You think too much.", "You analyze everything.", or "I like you better when you are funny." If so, we are brain cousins.
For instance, there is a health kick sweeping the nation. I KNOW with all of my heart that it is something that has to happen. However, most of the industries left in this country are not the 'good for us' variety. If we return to our humble beginnings, what happens to all the jobs? If everyone gives up soda, what happens to coke jobs? That's a ripple everyone will feel. There are thousands of industries that support the soda industry. The same with Wal-mart. There are companies that employ 20-30 people who are paid well and their main and sometimes only customer is Wal-mart. So, I cannot embrace the fad of returning to our roots because we really can't go back. We are smarter as a society-but we no longer know how to survive. My grandpa had generations of farming knowledge and that is why he was good at it. He was used to working hard in the heat. Hubby and I put out a garden every year and we are mostly embarrassed by how obvious it is that we neither like it or possess garden mojo of any kind. If our family relied upon that garden to eat, we would surely perish.
See what I did there? My mind goes from thinking I need to give up sodas to my family perishing from our inability to garden. I can ripple effect things to death, because I THINK. What saves me from the doom of my mind? Joy and hope; two of the most beautiful words in the English language. Two words that for me are synonymous with one big word-GOD. You see, my thinker knows that we didn't just all end up here from nothing for nothing. I KNOW I am created by a creator because I also create. And just like that, the anxious, knotted stomach eases a little. I don't have to keep the world spinning, someone bigger that me is in charge. I do what I can to make the world a better place. I love, work, think, write, learn, teach, and enjoy life to the fullest because there is something better ahead. I don't know what it is, but I know it is truth.
God helps me stay balanced. He keeps me stable. The times in my life when I lost hope and joy were times when I doubted Him. I got stressed out about not knowing what my next step was and overthinking all the things that could happen. In a world full of conflict, scandal, and unrest, I am so glad to be leaning on something everlasting.