Big Changes Take Minutes

As of today I have published 3,285 consecutive, daily blog posts in a row, dating back 9 straight years. I have never been paid one dime for any of them, and never will. They are not all really good. Perhaps a handful are. Very few people read the blog every day. Yet at the sameContinue reading “Big Changes Take Minutes”

Sculpting Your Message Takes Time

I started with the premise that I was thankful to be alive, and that I should blog about it every day. That is still true, but 482 posts later, I’ve learned that my message contains more than that. It’s not fully articulated yet, but, I feel it getting closer. It’s as if I have beenContinue reading “Sculpting Your Message Takes Time”

Posting Every Day Will Help.

I read many of your posts. I comment where I will be most helpful. I read the comments on your posts, and many are helpful. I read the comments that are hurtful and, they make me sad. I read the posts that receive no comments, and that makes me sad too. When I was suicidal,Continue reading “Posting Every Day Will Help.”

It’s Scary To Show Your Work To People Who Might Care

Would you believe that one of the scariest things for me to do was to take a post that I wrote the other day, and post it in a private depression group on Facebook? I’ve been posting here on my own blog for 1 & 1/2 years, mostly about that very topic. So, why wouldContinue reading “It’s Scary To Show Your Work To People Who Might Care”

How Sharing Saved My Life

The first baby step I took from wanting to die, towards ‘maybe not wanting to die a little bit’, was the result of sharing. I’ve shared often since that day.  I shared with therapists, family, and friends. Years later, I arrived at a very happy place in life. I got married and had two wonderful kids. ThenContinue reading “How Sharing Saved My Life”

“Is That Not A Rare Joy?”

“Every day, I choose, sometimes gamely and sometimes against the moment’s reason, to be alive. Is that not a rare joy?” – Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon After a lifetime of struggling with depression; approximately ten years of research, which included hundreds of studies and books read, and thousands of interviews from all around theContinue reading ““Is That Not A Rare Joy?””

Finding Your Way Through Adversity

On my last day of inpatient psychiatric treatment, I nervously asked the hospital’s program director if I could apply for a position there. I felt a thousand times better than the day I was brought into the system, which was in an ambulance after a suicide attempt. I felt like I could help others whoContinue reading “Finding Your Way Through Adversity”

How To Make Friends With Failure

I want to share something with you which I’ve learned from more four-hundred consecutive daily posts on this blog. Many friends and family asked me, in different ways, ‘Why? Why do you blog? How many people are reading it? Who is reading it? What is the purpose? What is the end game?’ In over oneContinue reading “How To Make Friends With Failure”