Empathy vs. sympathy
Looking for happiness in all the wrong places.
Lots of people believe that success, achievement, and material possessions make them happy. While these may improve their quality of living, the pleasure of acquiring them comes with a fear of loss, and with it, pain. If this is so, what we experience when this happens is a form of conditional contentment…fleeting and ephemeris. The truth is, our definition of happiness is not really ours. We learn other peoples’ idea of happiness and drag it with us all throughout our lives, never putting it under the microscope or challenging it in any way. Our parents and their parents’ parents taught us everything about life BUT how to be ourselves, to…
Depression: walking the fine line of existing and dying.
“Depression is a prison where you are both the suffering prisoner and the cruel jailer.” There is a very fine line between life and death, especially for the depressed. How many times has this thought enter your mind? You want the pain to end: you don’t want to live and you don’t want to die either. You want to cease being in a way that nobody will notice, but you. You are standing all alone on this line waiting for a strong wind or a breeze to sway you in either direction. Any situation will bring about this ambivalence on the part of you that is depressed and not only.…
A minion called anxiety.