I’ve been talking and writing a lot about Anne Lamott. Her book, Bird by Bird came in the mail yesterday, along with Sandra Ingerman’s Shamanic Journeying. I have great admiration for these women. They speak with authenticity and from a place I recognize.
They both have depression and spoke about Robin William’s suicide. Anne Lamott:
“I know Robin was caught too, in both the arms of God, and of his mother, Laurie.
I knew them both when I was coming up, in Tiburon. He lived three blocks away on Paradise drive. His family had money; ours didn’t. But we were in the same boat–scared, shy, with terrible self esteem and grandiosity. If you have a genetic predisposition towards mental problems and addiction, as Robin and I did, life here feels like you were just left off here one day, with no instruction manual, and no idea of what you were supposed to do; how to fit in; how to find a day’s relief from the anxiety, how to keep your beloved alive; how to stay one step ahead of abyss.”
“This was at theologian Fred Buechner blog today: “It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling.”
Live stories worth telling! Stop hitting the snooze button. Try not to squander your life on meaningless, multi-tasking bullshit. I would shake you and me but Robin is shaking us now.”
I was deeply saddened to hear the news about Robin Williams death and that he had been dealing with depression.
Dealing with depression has been a life-long journey for me. I am not going to use the word “struggle” as I do believe it has been part of my spiritual journey. It has simply part of my destiny in life.
Learning how to ride the waves of depression and know that the strength of my spirit will get me through has been a life long teaching for me. It is not easy one. But I accept this is part of my path and keeps me in a continual state of compassion for the challenges that people experience on all levels.
My two mantras are: “The strength of my spirit will carry me through.” “The only way out is through.”
I have to add myself to the list of sufferers of depression. I didn’t think of myself having depression for a long, long time. I’ve read a great deal on the topic and anything related to it. I wonder why life is so God damn hard. I work hard at it constantly, trying to unlock that mystery. Maybe I shouldn’t try so hard.
The mystery is what keeps us alive, egging us on to chase rainbow after rainbow. Life is one mystery after another. That is the marvel of it. To come to the end of that mystery would be death. So let me not bemoan my hard life, my little difficulties for they add texture to my otherwise bland existence.
It is true that I have suffered, but now I look back. I see that my life is not a small thing.
Despite because of everything I have succeeded in living and I have stories worth the telling.