Day 697, Who is From Hawaii and Provides Motivation?

  “I will not leave you all alone. I will come back to you” (John 14:18, GWT).   “A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.”― Elbert Hubbard     Welcome to my blog.  My desire is to write things that will most benefit my readers.  Sometimes, I ramble about Read More …

Day 698, Grateful for Getting More Excited About Life

  Photo “Golden Columbine” by KaeLyn Morrill in Civic Green Park, Colorado   “The instruction of the LORD is perfect, renewing one’s life; the testimony of the LORD is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise” (Psalm 19:7).   Tuesday Morning   Connection to My Senses   My mood is not up very far.  However, I feel Read More …

Day 695, From Crisis to a Celebration of Life

Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash       Transitioning Into Crisis   Transitioning to a different antidepressant has been a treacherous undertaking.  I started out feeling pretty good.  Almost a week into it, last night and this morning, I hit rock bottom.  I was ready to go out and get hit by a truck. Read More …

Day 692, The PERMA Happiness Model

  Transitioning lowered my JV Life Tracker scores and my mood.  Saturday afternoon, I reviewed the PERMA Happiness Model that is gradually lifting me up during a trying time.  Continue with this blog entry to examine the model yourself.   While transitioning, I lost my balance on the fourth day, after the second missed dose Read More …

Day 691, Transition

  Transitioning from one antidepressant to another is my main goal for now.  Today is my first day without Imipramine since starting to take it.  So far, so good.  No depression yet or any other weird withdrawal effect.  Since I am on the lowest possible dose, my doctor said to take it every other day Read More …

Day 688, What Do You Do At a Medication Crossroads?

  Just as I was growing confident that my depression was gone forever, I learned today that my new medication, a tricyclic antidepressant, which is working so well, is probably causing an abnormal EKG or electrocardiogram.  Tomorrow, I will talk to my psychiatrist about the results of my EKG.  I am at a crossroads.   Read More …

Day 687, Do You Want a Long Life, Riches, and Honor? Seek Wisdom.

  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding” (Proverbs 9:10).   Wisdom   Wisdom usually comes with age, though not necessarily.  To obtain understanding, one must seek it and apply oneself to it.  Wisdom is one of my top ten values.  I hope I am beginning to get Read More …

Day 685, Gratitude Today and Every Day

Photo by Gabrielle Henderson on Unsplash     “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ― Melody Beattie Read More …

Day 683, What a Difference a Decade Makes!

  “Something which we think is impossible now is not impossible in another decade”. Constance Baker Motley     After an evening of fireworks last Saturday, I slept until 7:00 AM this morning.  Though grateful for the extra sleep, I started my day two or three hours later than usual.  It is now past 3:00 Read More …