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  Monday, February 13, 2012
Making It All Worth It
I had so many responses to my newsletter "January Blues" on January 31st that I decided to write again about the topic of depression. This week's entry starts with a story about a friend of mine whose husband recently killed himself after 1.5 years of marriage. We don't know exactly what caused him to do it -- if it was due to a depression-enhancing heart medication or potential financial concerns -- but whatever it was, I wondered what would make him do it.

After I heard this story, I started to take note of experiences in my life that I felt made life worth living. With all the potentially gloomy pitfalls between the economy with its financial distress, projects that get complicated with all the details, and all this change with so many unknowns, I wanted to feel inspired rather than looking for a way to just make it all go away, as so many do with suicide. I started looking for moments in my life that made me say, "Wow, I wouldn't want to miss this". These are a few that I came up with:
a warm hug from someone whom you love and respect;
participating in a treasured pastime or hobby;
closing that big deal, signing on a new client, or some other feeling of accomplishment.
A week before my friend's husband shot himself, they were out dancing at a friend's party, and he said to her, "Remind me of these good times and don't let me forget them." It is with these thoughts that I recommend you look for moments in your life that make you realize that, yes, it is all worth it.

Posted by Ingrid on 02/13 at 12:36 PM
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