Yes, I laugh and smile. I enjoy my precious time with my children and friends. I work hard and get things done.
But when it comes to politics, there is no joy, only sorrow.
This is how I battle depression.
I first take a moment to wallow in it. Our purpose on earth is to experience life, and part of life is the ocean of emotion that overcomes us. Treasure those moments, the good and the bad. The bitterest experiences make the sweeter ever sweeter.
Then I assess why I feel the way I do. Emotions are not without reason.
I feel sorrow that our great American experiment is failing.
I feel sorrow that our nation’s founding principles are fading.
I feel sorrow that we are becoming like everyone else in the world.
Of the above, only a few things remain. We still have love–at a personal, family level. We still have religion, at least some of us. Other than that, the rest is fading away quickly.
Then I assess what I can do to control my own emotions. This isn’t mind-over-matter stuff, this is applying my understanding of how my emotions work to get the result I want.
What makes America great? Freedom. Unalienable, God-given rights. Independence. Limited government. Prosperity. Power. Truth. Love. Family. Religion. Property. Guns. Men who carry guns and shoot bad guys. Bad guys who are too scared to leave their own houses. Newspapers who complain about the way government does things.
That’s what makes America great.
I would give me great joy to see America restored to her former glory, with limited government and private citizens doing all the work and taking all the responsibility and initiative.
I remain hopeful. I believe, unlike most, that the Stars and Stripes will be flying high and proud when Christ descends from heaven to claim the earth as His. I believe that at that time, the US and Israel will be alone in the world as lovers of liberty and God. I believe that right now is the darkest hour America has ever seen—or will ever see again.
Then I break down the what into small, achievable goals.
What am I doing? What should you be doing? Cleanse the inner vessel first.
- Redouble your personal commitment to “Love God.”
- Redouble your personal commitment to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
- Rediscover the Bible and Christ.
- Build up your spouse. Redouble your commitment of your whole self to their welfare.
- Build up your children. Take back the responsibility to educate, to nurture in love, and to enjoy the few moments we have with them on earth.
- Build up your extended family. Find your parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents, cousins, and see what you can do to help them every day.
- Build up your community. Rediscover your neighbors and civic organizations. Make an effort to spend some more time building up what is worth building up.
- Build up your economy, thus helping other’s economy. Yes, this is difficult, and it does make sense for many, perhaps most, to go “John Galt”. But that doesn’t mean you stop working and creating wealth. It just means you get creative in how you do it to avoid Uncle Sam.
- Become interested in politics again, despite the state of affairs. These are times when honest men who love liberty are needed most. This is the hour when they hope you’ll withdraw to your hermitage so they can seal the victory theirs.
- Get ready to run for office. We are going to need honest and believing citizens in every level of government to replace the deadwood and anti-Americans.
As I knock off tasks on that list, or draw my attention to them and focus on doing them, my depression clears. It’s like earning the first dollar towards a million. You’ve only got 999,999 left to go, which is a lot better than you were doing before.