Also yesterday was the first day I really felt at home here...the black depressions which have been plaguing me disappeared. And I am not depressed today...instead I was up early and doing the weekly wash, enjoying another sunny morning, planning on doing some work around the house, and anticipating this day.
I am not prone to mood swings. So during the last six weeks or so when these black depressions were upon me...they scared me. They scared me because I could not shake them and they would last for days.
In today's Daily Word were a couple of lessons/thoughts. First: "I appreciate the diverse people in my life." This was the easy one for as a Californian I flourish in the diversity of people. It is an area (the SF Bay Area) of incredible diversity that one becomes unaware of it until they are in an area such as Frederic...where there is no diversity.
Second...and this is the tough one: "Finding and showing appreciation for someone I find challenging may not be (easy)." Ok, I get the idea of someone you don't like much yet recognizing they are a child of God. What about, though, someone you perceive as being evil? I say this because of some historical figures that come to mind...for instance Hitler? Or, what about some of today's world leaders...those that intentionally harm people in the name of power and wealth? Somehow I cannot make that stretch and see their inherent good. Hmmm...something to ponder today. I am not sure if there are any satisfactory answers to this.